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Updated: 5/08/2014 12:03 pm
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Lowndes County Chancery Court has joined other courts across the state in filing documents electronically.

Officials say the Lowndes County Chancery Court initiated voluntary e-filing on April 7 and began mandatory e-filing May 1.

Electronic filing is currently utilized in 25 Mississippi trial courts in 14 counties.

The Mississippi Electronic Courts program, under the supervision of the Mississippi Supreme Court, is adapted from the electronic filing system used in federal district courts.

The program enables documents to be viewed and filed by judges and attorneys at any time.

Officials say it also makes public access to court records more convenient.

Approximately 20 trial courts are waiting to get the Mississippi Electronic Courts system.

The Mississippi Supreme Court made e-filing mandatory for appellate briefs and motions on Jan. 1, after allowing voluntary e-filing for six months.
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