The Tennesse Rules of Civil Procedure recently received several updates, including important changes to the way e-filings are handled. Today, we're covering these changes in detail so you know how they could impact your family law case.
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How Did the TCRP Change in 2020?
In 2020, Tennessee courts - like those in many other states - were forced to adopt new changes to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, courts across the state offered Tennessee residents new options to handle disputes online.
One of these developments was the E-Filing system integrated by Tennessee courts. Under amendments to the 2020 TCRP, certain court documents can use the E-Filing System to E-File and E-Serve documents without taking the normal steps to file and serve documents in person.
Ask your attorney if your court uses an E-Filing system. If so, you may be able to file and serve documents to another party without having to actually go into the courtroom, which is more convenient for many people.
Could the TCRP Change Again in the Future?
Rules of Civil Procedure didn't use to change often, but these days, many states regularly update them. For example, the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure were updated in 2021 to make the discovery process more user-friendly for Texans in family law cases.
We won't know if the TCRP is changing again until the legislature meets this year and the Tennessee Supreme Court discusses potential changes, but it's entirely likely that similar changes could come to the TCRP at the start of 2022.
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