Are digital signatures permissible in court?

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In order to improve the efficiency of their electronic document management systems, U.S. courts are accepting for the first time, electronic versions of the judges signatures.

Electronic filing systems are used widely in US courts but up until now judges had to apply handwritten signatures to printed copies of documents. By using cost effective procedures, justice agencies can now exchange electronically, digitally signed documents which also prove to be highly resistant to forgery.

The most significant fact to come out of this new ruling is that it is now believed that digital signatures actually give greater assurance than handwritten signatures as they meet higher authentication standards and are more carefully protected and audited throughout the life of the document.

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