Circuit court records go digital in '14
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:00 AM
With the Neshoba County Circuit Court switching from book-bound records to digitalized, web-based records in the new year, Judge Marcus Gordon has chosen the private vendor Syscon over another sanctioned by the state Supreme Court.
After much deliberation, Gordon said Syscon was a better choice than the Mississippi Supreme Court sanctioned Mississippi Electronic Courts (MEC).
"I did a little bit of research. One judge in particular said he would call people regarding the state program and no one would return his calls," said Gordon.
This same judge left Syscon to go to MEC, Gordon said, and after much dissatisfaction, that same judge went back to Syscon.
Circuit Clerk Patti Duncan Lee said Neshoba Circuit Court records would be entered into Syscon's system starting in 2014.
"We are going to start with 2014, but if there is a case that is still active and it has some substance to it, we might for the Judge's convenience put that in," said Lee.
Gordon said going digital would be much easier for him.
"I'm in Decatur. All Patti has to do now is just send the document to me," said Gordon. "In the past, she would have to look it up in the books and then fax it to me."
Attorneys will also be able to access this system from the Internet from their offices for a fee, he said.
Court records will not be the only records that will be digitalized. Lee said they will also use this system for their marriage licenses.
"This will cut out all the typing we do on typewriters," said Lee "Typewriters are now obsolete and hopefully this will alleviate that problem."
The Neshoba County Circuit Court is the last county in the 8th Judicial District, which includes Newton, Scott and Leake, to digitalize their records.
All went with the Syscon system.
Both Newton County courts have been on the Syscon computerized system since 2002.