Beginning September 01, 2012, you can be served with a lawsuit by email. This is a big change in the legal system. For instance, there is no longer a requirement that the sheriff personally serve you with process. You can now be served by email!
This applies to civil suits in the trial court divisions for civil, probate, small claims and family courts only. It also applies to appellate cases in the Supreme court, District Courts of Appeal and the Circuit courts when sitting as an appellate court.
It does not apply to criminal prosecutions right now Criminal suits in the trial courts for criminal, traffic and juvenile cases will begin the same e service procedure as of October 01, 2013.
THERE WILL BE MANY QUESTIONS AS THIS NEW LAW BECOMES EFFECTIVE. WE DON’T KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS YET. BUT WE DO KNOW ONE THING- WE ALL NEED TO CHECK OUR EMAILS CAREFULLY STARTING SEPTEMBER FIRST, 2012