The Texas Office of Court Administration, or OCA, signed a new contract with Tyler Technologies to continue eFileTexas through 2027.

“We’ve achieved a great deal of success for our courts through the use of eFileTexas,” David Slayton, OCA administrative director, said in a press release. “Electronic filing has been key to the Texas judiciary’s ability to overcome disasters; from hurricanes to the COVID-19 pandemic and to a ransomware attack. Through all of these disasters, our courts have remained open and operational, and that is due in large part to eFileTexas. It is a crucial function of our judicial system, and I am excited to continue to improve the system with new upgrades and features to our court community.”

The contract is valued at $98 million over the next five years and features upgrades to the current system that will benefit clerks, attorneys, litigants, and staff.

The upgraded features that will go online when the new contract begins in 2022 include: self-service administrative tools; robust reporting capabilities for both program administrators and clerks at the local level; metrics and analytics tool for courts and clerks to see filing trends and staff issues; improved filing experience for users with more upfront document checks—reducing the number of filings returned for correction; and ability to upload and transmit additional file formats.

The new contract was awarded after an extensive procurement process that began in December 2018, with a request for offer released in April 2020. Tyler Technologies was selected among several competitive bids. OCA will have the option to extend the terms of the contract through 2032.