Ky. Judicial Branch to Upgrade Case Management System Out of Technological Stone Age

Mar 28, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - After years of operating with out-of-date programming, the Kentucky Court of Justice is moving forward with plans to upgrade its case management system.

Kentucky’s Judicial Branch used to be at the forefront of technology, incorporating video recording into courtrooms. Chief Justice John Minton, Jr. says decade-old programming for tracking court cases is now at risk of major failure.

“We’ve had it examined by outside groups and they’ve assured us it’s obsolete. It's impossible to fix in some instances.”

That will change now that the state legislature has approved $28 million in bonding capacity for a new statewide case management system.

E-Filing of court documents will be possible, and information will be more easily between courts and other government agencies.

“It will improve the efficiency of the court system. It will improve the access to the court system,” says Minton.

Minton says a lot of the money will go toward developing the infrastructure needed to update the case management system, which means making sure all of Kentucky’s courthouses have access to adequate bandwidth. 

The Judicial Branch is looking to other states to evaluate the best programs and technology.