eFiling coming to Kentucky State courts

Kentucky state courts will be accepting court cases electronically in all 120 counties by the end of 2015. The Administrative Office of the Courts is moving quickly to implement eFiling as part of the Judicial Branch’s plan to better serve those who depend on the state court system.

“Our 2013 launch in Franklin County began a two-year process to implement eFiling statewide,” AOC Director Laurie K. Dudgeon said. “I’m looking forward to Kentucky catching up with the federal courts and the other state courts that have been providing this valuable service for years.”

eFiling was initially available only for civil cases in Circuit Court and District Court. The program was extended to criminal cases in the fall of 2014.

“Moving from a paper-based environment to one that is primarily electronic will transform the way Kentucky courts do business,” Chief Justice 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 when 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.

eFiling updates will be posted here as they become available.