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Court electronic filing systems advancing

Proponents of the paperless clerk’s office held forth in Portsmouth last week at the annual gathering of the Virginia Court Clerks’ Association.

E-data pioneer Jack Kennedy, clerk of the Wise County Circuit Court, joined the county circuit judge and the commonwealth’s attorney to describe the benefits of the court’s electronic filing system, Kennedy reported in a blog post.

Three jurisdictions – Wise, Scott and Accomack Counties  – now are online with the electronic portal system sold by Norton-based Commonwealth Systems. The company reports at least a dozen other clerks’ offices have shown interest.

At the conference in Portsmouth, the clerks’ IT committee reported progress in developing a link between the private software used for e-filing in the courts and the case management system used by the administrative office of the Virginia Supreme Court. A link between the two systems would eliminate the need for e-filing clerks to do double entry of all case information.

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