XENIA — Greene County’s probate court system will soon be getting an upgrade.
Once implemented, the new system would allow for electronic case management, document management, filing and payment for cases — such as marriage licenses, name changes, estates, etc. — going through the court.
“It would take us from the Dark Ages to the most technologically advanced probate court in the state of Ohio,” Probate Judge Thomas O’Diam told the Greene County Board of Commissioners at the board’s March 24 meeting. “It’s going to take us awhile, but we’ll get there.”
According Judge O’Diam, the system will cost about $211,800 with annual maintenance costs of about $18,800.
The update would allow the court to go paperless, make filed documents available online and would effectively expand the court’s hours, Judge O’Diam said.
“The electronic filing … takes our court from being open from 8-4 on days that we are there, to being open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.” he said. “That’s about a 440 percent increase in the accessibility of our court.”
Judge O’Diam estimated the new system would be up and running by Sept. 1.
Prior to the board approving the project Thursday, commissioner Bob Glaser complimented Judge O’Diam on the project: “I’d just like to commend you, Judge O’Diam, for taking the bull by the horns and putting the effort that you have in bringing the court from the 19th century forward and getting it updated to one of the most updated courts in the state of Ohio.”
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