Montana courts switching to electronic filing systems next year

Montana’s courts will switch to electronic filing systems next year, the Associated Press reported today.

Montana Supreme Court Clerk Ed Smith told the AP that a pilot program in early 2014 will launch with the state’s high court. Missoula and Mineral counties will follow.

This does not mean, however, a wave of open access to court records. The AP reports that the system will be used only by judges and attorneys; citizens will still need to go to the courthouse for records.