LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An online system for court records across Arkansas is now being implemented, although officials say it will take years before it's fully functional across the state.
Counties choose whether to adopt the system, which is paid for through existing court fees. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the system cost the state $2 million initially and an electronic filing system will cost $1.5 million more. Annual support and software updates will run about $1 million.
State Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Danielson has promoted the idea of the online court-records system and says his goal is to change how Arkansans interact with their courts and to make information more accessible.
The Administrative Office of the Courts says 80 percent of the state caseload should be available on the system by 2016.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com