When one has to be in court, the DeKalb County courthouse is a relatively pleasant place to be as it has a small-town feel in a big city with friendly clerks and staff. Downtown Decatur is a charming city as well. As such, the Williamson Law Firm ("TWLF") was pleased to find out that DeKalb County will be using an online court filing system projected to be completed sometime in 2011.
DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk, Linda Carter, resigned late last week and her replacement, Chief Deputy Clerk Debra DeBerry was sworn in the following day. Ms. DeBerry has worked in DeKalb Superior Court for nine years. One of her projects was to create an online document system for lawyers and the public. It is her plan to have ten years of court documents scanned into the system for access.
TWLF is excited about DeKalb County taking this leap into the future as we have more than a few personal injury cases in litigation in DeKalb. Online filing works somewhat efficiently in Fulton County so we're hoping it works as smoothly in DeKalb County as well. It helps to streamline a difficult process for clients and lawyers, and saves lots of paper. Unfortunately, the advance in technology will likely come with a price; Fulton County's online filing can be costly; it won't be a surprise if DeKalb County institutes similiar fees for filing court documents electronically.
Janet Conley, ATLBlog.com, March 29, 2011