A new electronic filing system for our states court records could save time and money, while improving accuracy and public access, and it's first trial of use is beginning right here our area.
Marion County will be the first of 14 counties across our state to launch the high courts pilot program of electronically filing court records.
This effort comes after a record-keeping error resulted in the release of a kidnapping suspect in the southern part of our state earlier this year. Its aim is to try and fix widespread problems with record-keeping, as well as storage space by improving the public access to court documents, which has been a huge concern in the Marion County Courthouse for awhile now.
As more paper work came through the courts, circuit clerks were faced with an increasing problem of storage space.
Court officials now hope this E-filing system will lessen the potential of lost documents and human error.
"It will now cut down on human error. We're humans, we make mistakes. It's going to cut down on that a whole lot. I think it's going to speed up the court system in the way that you get things filed, you process them, they get to the judge quicker." said Barbara Core, Marion County Circuit Clerk.
As of now, officials hope that this electronic filing system will be up and running fully throughout our state by the beginning of October.