Montana courts to begin electronic filing in 2014

LEWIS AND CLARK COUNTY

Associated Press
POSTED: 1:02 PM Nov 15 2013
MSLA COUNTY COURTHOUSE
HELENA, Mont. -

Montana courts will begin making the switch from paper to electronic filing next year.
    
Montana Supreme Court clerk Ed Smith says a pilot program will begin at the end of January or early February. Instead of filing paper copies of complaints, motions and orders, attorneys and judges in select districts will begin submitting them through an Internet-based electronic filing manager.
    
The Supreme Court will be the first court to test the new system, followed by Missoula and Mineral counties.
    
Mineral County clerk of court Kathleen Brown says electronic filing should mean a reduction in cost and lag time in sending and receiving documents.
    
Access to the new electronic filing manager will be limited to judges, attorneys and court staff. The public will still have to go to the courthouse.