Kentucky Court of Justice
Media and public invited to eFiling news conference Nov. 12 for Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Attorneys with cases in Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties may now file them electronically since the Administrative Office of the Courts recently launched a pilot of its eFiling program in the counties. Media, the legal community and the public are invited to learn about the program at a news conference at 4 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Georgetown. The event will take place in the Circuit Courtroom on the third floor of the Scott County Justice Center at 119 N. Hamilton St.
Speakers at the news conference will include Chief Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Isaacs, Chief District Court Judge Vanessa M. Dickson and Chief Regional District Court Judge Mary Jane Phelps.
Bourbon, Scott and Woodford are among 18 eFiling pilot counties, 16 of which are now accepting cases. Bourbon, Scott and Woodford make up the 14th Judicial Circuit. The other active pilot counties are, by Judicial Circuit, Boone and Gallatin; Campbell; Daviess; Fayette; Franklin; Henry, Oldham and Trimble; Johnson, Lawrence and Martin; and Kenton. Clark and Madison counties are scheduled to pilot the program later this year. The AOC expects to have eFiling available in all 120 Kentucky counties by the end of 2015.
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 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.