W.Va. Court Clerks Study Electronic Record Filing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A committee of circuit court clerks is considering how and whether to eliminate duplicative paper filings of judges' orders.

The group will meet Feb. 16 in Charleston as it researches how to modernize record-keeping, then report to the State Supreme court by September.

Led by Marion County circuit clerk Barbara Core, the group is studying whether clerks who have the ability to scan orders and store them electronically also need to maintain paper copies in books.

Those books require special paper and are expensive to produce. Storing electronic copies with two backups would be cheaper.

Core estimates her office could save up to $6,000 a year.

Even if the system is changed, she says a paper copy of the order would still go into the case file.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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