eFlex has significantly evolved from its first release in 2001. With the input and help from our customers we feel we have developed a best of breed efiling solution for courts, attorneys, and government agencies. Following is a brief introduction to our architecture and development platform.
The eFlex system uses a J2EE 9 / EJB (Enterprise Java Beans) multi-tiered architecture. It is a web-based solution. It is designed to prevent external internet sources from initiating communications to the internal trusted zone. Because it is built on a scalable architecture the limitations of the system in how many filings can be processed is generally a hardware and configuration issue. eFlex can be configured on anything from a single workstation to multiple servers. Thus, the ability to shift to more complex server configurations to support the high volume processing can change as needs arise.
The end user (filer) and the clerk do not install any application. The entire process uses a simple web browser. When filers create their documents they will need the software to edit and produce the documents that will be sent to the court (MS Word, WordPerfect, etc.). When the clerk reviews the documents in the Clerk Review Interface the clerk must have the applications to view the documents. For example if the court allows filers to send PDF documents, the clerk must have an Adobe Acrobat viewer.
eFlex runs on MS Windows servers and requires a relational database. The databases Tybera supports include Oracle, MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, and MySQL. The J2EE web application server eFlex uses by default is JBoss which is based on the Apache server along with MySQL. Tybera has deployed on other web application servers such as IBM Websphere, Macromedia JRun, and BEA Weblogic as well.
PDF and TIFF Conversion
Tybera customizes each installation to meet the needs of the court and sometime incorporated other applications to provide a completely integrated solution. For example, some courts want to allow filers to include MS Word or Corel WordPerfect documents automatically in their submissions. This concept simplifies the work and products the filer needs in order to prepare a submission. To meet this requirement the court often requests conversion software to convert documents into Adobe PDF or TIFF format for storage. After the documents have been reviewed and approved, some courts desire to post a date & time stamp along with court specific markings on the documents to reflect the paper world of stamping.
This attention to detail in all aspects of moving documents through the court's workflow helps make Tybera a strong choice for court-controlled efiling.