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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2011
Municipal Court implements new e-filing system
The 16th Circuit Court of Missouri – Kansas City Municipal Division (Municipal Court) is shifting to a new electronic filing system that will better serve the legal community as well as the court itself. The new system was designed by Presiding Judge Katherine Bromfield Emke.
“Our new electronic filing process will further add to the efficiencies we’re creating at Municipal Court,” Judge Emke said. “I hope that defense attorneys will find that the system increases their efficiencies too.”
As Judge Emke points out, the new e-filing system is one more step toward the court’s complete transformation to a paperless case management system. The transition will be complete on Aug. 29, when the Municipal Court officially switches over to new technologically advanced software developed by the Regional Justice Information Service (REJIS). As of Aug. 29 – also known as the court’s “Go Live” date – the Kansas City Municipal Court will be the first limited jurisdiction court of its size in the United States to go entirely paperless.
In the new e-filing system, the filings will be emailed from defense attorneys directly to the courtrooms and City Prosecutor’s Office. Filings must be sent to both. Although email is the preferred method, filings will still be accepted by mail and fax for the time being.
Electronic filing rules are as follows:
• The defendant’s name, date of birth, ticket number, court date, courtroom and time must be included in the filing.
• The court will only accept filings through email to the courtroom or the location where the matter was previously disposed.
• Because the court does not provide the information in the email to the prosecutor, the filing must be emailed to the City Prosecutor’s Office at the same time.
• All court filings must be in a PDF or TIFF format.
• The court will respond with a confirmation email that the motion has been received.
• If it is not possible to email the filing, the court will accept motions in person at the TVB counter, in the courtroom, or by mail or fax.
For additional information, please contact Acting Court Administrator John Franklin at 816-513-3900.