The chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court says electronic case filing is paving the way for a more efficient court system in the state. John Minton Jr. spoke Monday in Warren County, one of 11 Kentucky counties adopting the program this week.
By transitioning from a paper-based system, electronic case filing gives the public 24-7 access to court documents.
Minton said e-filing is ushering in an important new era for the Kentucky justice system.
"It makes our system a modern system that reflects what society around us is doing," Minton told WKU Public Radio. "We're now less tethered to paper and are more accessible electronically, and we also believe this will be a huge cost-savings in the future."
Since the start of e-filing in December 2013, nearly 600 attorneys and other users have filed more than 20,000 documents electronically.
E-filing will expand this week to Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hancock, Logan, Metcalfe, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, and Warren counties.
The program, now used by 72 counties, should be available statewide by the end of the year.