Electronic case filing now available in Fayette County

Media invited to eFiling news conference Wednesday in Lexington

Electronic case filing now available in Fayette County

 

FRANKFORT, Ky., Aug. 18, 2014 – Attorneys may now file Fayette County civil cases electronically since the Administrative Office of the Courts recently launched its eFiling program there. Media are invited to learn about the program at a news conference at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the multipurpose room of the Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse in Lexington.

 

Speakers at the news conference will be Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., Fayette County Chief Circuit Court Judge Thomas L. Clark, Fayette County Chief District Court Judge Megan Lake Thornton, Fayette County Circuit Court Clerk Vincent Riggs and Fayette County Sheriff Kathy H. Witt. Media may have the opportunity to get photos and video of a case being filed electronically. AOC Public Information Specialist Jamie Neal will be the on-site contact for media.

 

Since the AOC began offering eFiling in Fayette County on Aug. 11, 10 cases have been filed electronically. Any Kentucky attorney handling a Fayette County civil case may file electronically if they have completed eFiling training.

 

The AOC is training attorneys throughout Kentucky on how to use eFiling. Sessions are being offered in Fayette and Franklin counties and previously took place in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. There will have been 14 training sessions in Fayette County by Wednesday, with eight more scheduled to take place by Aug. 26. In Fayette County alone, there are 2,520 attorneys who are eligible to attend training.

 

Fayette County is the sixth of 18 pilot sites for the eFiling program. The other pilot counties accepting cases through eFiling are Boone, Campbell, Franklin, Gallatin and Kenton. Only civil cases in Circuit Court and District Court may be filed during the pilot stage. The program will be extended to criminal cases this fall. The AOC expects to have eFiling available in all 120 Kentucky counties by the end of 2015.

 

eFiling

The AOC introduced eFiling to Kentucky state courts on Dec. 16, 2013, when it accepted the first electronic case filing at its test site in the Franklin County Office of Circuit Court Clerk. Franklin County was the proof-of-concept site, which means that limited functions were tested there before the full eFiling program was rolled out in the pilot phase. The site initially processed only civil cases filed in Circuit Court.

 

eFiling is part of the Judicial Branch’s comprehensive, multiyear eCourt program. The goal is to update Kentucky’s aging court technology to meet the demands on the court system and enable the courts to stay current with the mainstream of law and commerce.

 

The eCourt program will also upgrade the court system’s technology infrastructure (hardware and software), replace its case management systems for the trial and appellate courts, and acquire a document management system that will electronically store and index court documents.

 

The Judicial Branch cleared a major hurdle on its eCourt program in March 2013 when it received legislative approval to issue bonds to fund a new case management system. Resolving the funding issue jump-started the eFiling process and made it possible to begin the proof-of-concept testing in Franklin County by the end of 2013.

 

This eFiling milestone followed quickly on the heels of another major court technology rollout. In March 2013, the AOC launched CourtNet 2.0, which replaced the outdated CourtNet application and provides real-time, online access to Kentucky court case information.

 

Administrative Office of the Courts

The AOC is the operations arm for the state court system and supports the activities of nearly 3,300 court system employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC executes the Judicial Branch budget.

 

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