MCDONALD COUNTY, MO.--- A Southwest Missouri court system joins a state effort to go paperless. The state run system is called e-filing, or electronic filing, and allows registered attorneys to file cases and documents online. McDonald County transferred to e-filing in August, and Jasper County started just this week. The McDonald County circuit clerk says the system eliminates concerns about losing case documents since they're online. She also says the move is environmentally friendly.
"It didn't cost the county a dime, but it will save a lot of money. You know, we don't have to purchase files and fasteners and labels. We're not using as much paper and we don't use as much stamps or postage because now we don't have to send notices to the attorneys. They are automatically sent to the attorneys," said Jennifer Mikeska, McDonald County Circuit Clerk.
E-filing also allows people to see their case immediately online instead of waiting for it to be filed.
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