The "special electronic lawyers' mailbox" (beA) serves to support and handle all communication between courts, authorities and lawyers. The new communication platform replaces the previous "electronic court and administrative mailbox" (EGVP), through which courts in Germany were previously accessible electronically (but only to a limited extent).
Since 1st January 2018, lawyers have been obliged to have one (or, in the case of several clients, several) beA mailboxes and to be able to receive messages from them. In this context, the filing obligations for messages/information apply to in-house lawyers/incorporate lawyers in accordance with legal and company-specific guidelines. This can ensure a secure and structured (searchable) filing option in the legal department by means of electronic file management to the highest degree.
Further information on beA is available on the subject website of the German Federal Bar Association: bea.brak.de