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Published November 01, 2010, 07:42 PM

GF County Courthouse Goes Paperless

Stacks of bulky court documents will soon be a thing of the past at the Grand Forks County Courthouse.

Stacks of bulky court documents will soon be a thing of the past at the Grand Forks County Courthouse.

Monday they went paperless, and all court files will be stored electronically on computers. The transition will make the files easier to access.

According to Project Manager Jim Gienger, the clerks have started scanning the documents into the computer system.

Having the electronic documents will cut the time it takes to process them and will speed up processing time.

Judges will be able to sign court papers using electronic signatures.

The files are backed up daily, and after six months of preparation, going paperless will be easier for clerks and good for the state.

"We're ahead of the curve for a few reasons. We're trying to do this statewide and there's not many implementations statewide that have done this. Plus we're doing it with all documents," said Gienger.

Civil, criminal and juvenile court documents will all be converted to electronic files.

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