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August 27, 2013

Michigan’s 13th Circuit Court is State’s First Fully Electronic Court


SOUTHFIELD, MI, (August 27, 2013) — The 13th Circuit Court, comprising Grand Traverse County, Antrim and Leelanau, Mich., has blazed the trail in high-tech courts by becoming the state’s first fully electronic court with the expansion of its electronic case file management system.

Most courts have electronic case management systems in place, but continue to manage the case file from a paper folder. The shift to an electronic case file -- or “paper-on-demand” court -- portends significant savings and greater efficiencies for the court and swifter and better-informed decision making by judges as information is now readily available 24/7 and easily shared by all, and bottlenecks in the courts are cleared.

In a fully electronic court, digital documents replace paper documents and automated processes replace manual processes as the court conducts its daily business. Judges hear cases at the bench using an electronic case file with all necessary information immediately accessible to them on a computer.

To accomplish the transition from paper-based to digital processes, the 13th Circuit Court has worked with ImageSoft, Inc., of Southfield, Mich., to implement an electronic document management solution to consolidate all the court’s documents and information into a single, central repository. The solution enables a paper-on-demand court by providing a way to store, retrieve, secure, route, sign and file documents all within a digital environment.

ImageSoft has also equipped the 13th Circuit Court with its iJustice solution with technology to enable e-filing, e-signature and workflow for automated routing and notification. The solutions were implemented in all three courts with the final step being the launch of criminal case types earlier this month.

The benefits to the court from this shift in process and culture are tremendous and include, among other things, greater transparency; reduced costs for office supplies and equipment; instantly accessible information; no need to store paper files or physically transport files from county to county, saving time and money, and reduced labor costs from greater workplace efficiencies.

"The transformation of our three county courts from the paper world into the digital one provided us benefits in efficiency, transparency and cost savings,” said Judge Philip Rodgers, chief judge of the 13th Circuit Court. “Our partnership with ImageSoft allowed us to complete the project on time and on budget. Together with our clerks, staff and local Bar Association, we created an end product of which we are justifiably proud and which will serve us well for years to come."

About ImageSoft, Inc.
Since 1996, ImageSoft’s technology and workflow solutions have increased productivity, reduced operating costs and saved time and money for our customers in government, healthcare and the insurance industry. An award-winning company, since 2008 ImageSoft has also consistently been named one of the nation’s Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies by Inc. magazine. The company is also annually named one of Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. From its headquarters in Southfield, Mich., and satellite offices in Raleigh, N.C., and Portland, Ore., ImageSoft serves customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Learn more at www.imagesoftinc.com