AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court said Maine's judicial system needs a major technology overhaul Thursday.
Chief Justice Leigh Saufley delivered that message to lawmakers during her annual State of the Judiciary address.
She said lawmakers must set priorities and one of them should be updating the court's antiquated filing system. She said court files should be accessible electronically, giving people the convenience of using a computer to find out when cases are scheduled or decisions rendered. She said the public needs and deserves better access to the state's court system.
"We currently handle court files the same way we did 100 years ago. We estimate that more than 5 million new pieces of paper are filed in Maine's courts every year", said Saufley.
The Chief Justice urged lawmakers to support a bill that's before them this session. It would send a 15-million dollar bond proposal out to Maine voters. That money would be used to create an e-file system for court documents. She said that system would provide substantial savings to the state in the long run.