Standard submission practices for court filing documents have traditionally been done manually. This process is tedious and extremely time consuming, mostly due to the sheer number of forms and documents that law firms must provide to courts and regulatory agencies in the mandated file sizes and formats.
With the U.S. District Courts seeing several hundreds of thousands of cases, the number of documents that law firms are required to submit is astounding. The guesswork involved in manually splitting files to prepare them to be filed with the court is extremely time consuming and greatly decreases a firm’s productivity.
Additionally, when trial attorneys and their support staff spend too much time with paper, it can cost the firm more than one might realize. Let’s assume attorney salaries are $150,000 per year and support staff salaries, on average, about $40,000 per year, and each of these employees spends five minutes a day looking for paper documents—the resulting lost productivity firm-wide can total $130,2601.