Kentucky Court of Justice
Media and public invited to regional eFiling news conference Jan. 21 in Hopkinsville
Attorneys with cases in eight Western Kentucky counties will be able to file court cases electronically when the Administrative Office of the Courts launches eFiling on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Christian, Crittenden, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Union and Webster counties. The media and public are invited to learn about the program at a news conference at noon CST in Hopkinsville on the Jan. 21 launch date. The event will take place in the District Courtroom on the first floor of the Christian County Justice Center at 100 Justice Way.
Speakers will be Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. and state legislators Sen. Whitney Westerfield and Rep. John Tilley, both of Christian County. Other speakers will include Chief Regional Circuit Court Judge C. René Williams, Christian County Chief Circuit Court Judge John L. Atkins, Christian County Chief District Court Judge James G. Adams. Attorney Allison Coffeen, president of the Christian County Bar Association, will talk about how the program will benefit attorneys.
The AOC will provide an eFiling demonstration following the news conference.
In addition to the media, invitees include attorneys and sheriffs from the eight counties.
The counties will be the first to get eFiling since the AOC completed its pilot of the program. The AOC piloted eFiling in 18 counties between December 2013 and December 2014. The counties, which are now out of the pilot stage and accepting cases, are by Judicial Circuit, Boone and Gallatin; Bourbon, Scott and Woodford; Campbell; Clark and Madison; Daviess; Fayette; Franklin; Henry, Oldham and Trimble; Johnson, Lawrence and Martin; and Kenton. The AOC expects to have eFiling available in all 120 Kentucky counties by the end of this year.
The AOC is training attorneys throughout Kentucky on how to use eFiling. Attorneys must complete training through the AOC to use the program.
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 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.