Welcome to the Trumbull County Courthouse Corner – located at the intersection of High Street and Mahoning Avenue in Warren, Ohio, also known as the Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas – General Division.
As author A.A. Milne wrote, “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
We are happy to bring our corner to you – the Courthouse Corner!
By Magistrate Beth Anne Aurilio
Welcome to e-Filing in the General Division
The General Division is pleased to announce the kick-off of e-filing for the civil docket. Electronic filing, also called “e-filing,” offers attorneys and self-represented litigants the convenience of filing timely complaints and pleadings without leaving the comfort of their home, office, or home-office, as the case may be at this time.
As of September 1, 2020, all new civil complaints and any subsequent filings in pending civil cases will be accepted through the e-filing system only. “E-filing will service attorneys and the public in the most efficient way to process Court documents using modern technology. It has been a goal of the Clerk of Courts office to provide this service and allow it to be as user-friendly as possible,” says Karen Infante Allen, Trumbull County Clerk of Courts.
The e-filing journey in the General Division began more than one year ago with a pilot project for foreclosure case types only. This allowed Court and Clerk staff to familiarize themselves with the e-filing system. “Starting with the foreclosure cases allowed the Court to explore the nuances of the e-filing system without the full brunt of the entire civil caseload. This is a collaborative effort to provide efficient and modern access to the Court system for all civil parties and attorneys,” said Honorable Andrew D. Logan, Administrative Judge of the General Division.
E-filing provides convenience to attorneys filing on behalf of their clients and provides vital access to justice to self-represented litigants. Thanks to grant funding from the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Court established two scanners and computer stations dedicated solely to self-represented litigants or those who need computer access to file their pleadings.
The Clerk and the Court understand the shift to electronic filing will be an adjustment for some practitioners as well as self-represented parties. In August, Allen and Magistrate Beth Aurilio, in cooperation with the Trumbull County Bar Association, offered a free webinar to introduce the e-filing system to potential users. Four sessions were presented via Cisco Webex to registered participants; including judges, attorneys, paralegals and staff. Participants were able to “walk through” the e-filing system in training mode to familiarize themselves with the format. Attorneys earned one hour of continuing legal education credit for their attendance at the seminar.
Attorneys and self-represented litigants may register through the Clerk of Court by calling (330) 675-2557.