Process Servers need NOT efile returns

Supreme Court of Texas Misc. Docket Order 13-9165 and Rule 21 (f)(1), Texas Rules of Civil Procedure requires lawyers to electronically file documents in specified counties after January 1, 2014. The Order does NOT require process servers electronically file returns.

Counties in which e-filing becomes mandatory on January 1, 2014 are Bexar, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Harris, Hidalgo, Tarrant, Travis and Gregg.

Rule 107(g) Texas Rules of Civil Procedure states: “The return and any document to which it is attached must be filed with the court and may be filed electronically or by facsimile, if those methods of filing are available.” The rule allows, but does not require electronic filing of the return.

Legal Document Management always follows the correct procedures pertaining to process service in the state of Texas, which continually keeps us ahead of the curve.