June 24, 2024

OTTAWA — Fourth District court administrator John Steelman said a new recommendation that the state court system convert to a paperless system of filing and handling legal documents will help district courts in Franklin, Osage, Anderson and Coffey counties. The local court offices are crammed full with the paperwork in court cases and filing documents in electronic form will make it easier to store and for court employees to handle, he said. A paperless system of storing court documents will help the court system save money and be more efficient. Steelman served on a state panel of court and government officials that made the recommendation that all district courts adopt a consistent paperless system. He said many of the changes, which will require changes in thinking for attorneys and judges must be approved by legislators.

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