Kentucky attorneys may file court documents in any of the commonwealth’s 120 counties without having to make a trip to a courthouse. State courts offer electronic case filing for civil and criminal cases in Circuit Court and District Court statewide.
The Administrative Office of the Courts launched eFiling in December 2013 and completed its statewide rollout in October 2015. The AOC’s goal was to have eFiling in every Kentucky county by the end of 2015. Kentucky eFiling timeline
“Moving from a paper-based environment to one that is primarily electronic will transform the way Kentucky courts do business,” Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. said. “The cost savings to the court system and to practitioners will be substantial and the state’s entire legal system will become more efficient as we process court cases electronically.”
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 proof-of-concept testing in Franklin County in December 2013.