Change is coming for anyone who files documents with Alcorn County Circuit Court.

Circuit Clerk Crystal Starling is alerting the local legal community and members of the public that the court will join the state’s electronic court filing system, Mississippi Electronic Courts (MEC), beginning June 1.

“All civil and criminal pleadings will be filed electronically,” said Starling, “except for pleadings that require a fee; pleadings that require an issuance, like a summons or subpoena; and also orders. The new system will automatically e-mail documents to every involved party.”

Cost savings are expected to be significant by cutting out large amounts of paper, postage and envelopes. There is no cost to the court to use the system.

Members of the public will be able to access court documents, except for those that are restricted. There is a fee of $10 annually and a cost of 20 cents per page to view documents. A public terminal will be available at the clerk’s office.

The MEC will have an online training session for attorneys and staff on June 4 at 1:30 p.m. Starling said it is her understanding that any attorney licensed in Mississippi is already registered with MEC.

She and her staff are looking forward to the change.

“We’re excited to be the first circuit court in Northeast Mississippi to have it,” said Starling.

The word she gets from clerks who have already converted is that “they absolutely love MEC,” she said.

Alcorn County Chancery Court is already on the electronic filing system.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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