Judicial conversion happens in Jefferson County

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Judiciary’s Unified Electronic Filing System has reached the Eastern Panhandle.

The system will allow anyone who wants to file a case in the Jefferson Circuit Court to do so electronically and grant the public access to digitized documents.

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin was at the Jefferson County Courthouse Monday morning for the announcement.

He said the program is part of moving West Virginia into the 21st Century.

It’s one thing to just say we’re going to e-file, but it’s another thing to take all the existing documents and move those into a digital format so everything works,” Benjamin said.

The justice said much of the success for getting the new program ready goes to Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Laura Storm and her staff. More than a million documents dating from the 1930s to the present have been digitized in Jefferson County alone.

Any file available to the public in circuit clerks’ offices eventually will be available from any computer anywhere.

Jefferson County is the second county to go online with the program.

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