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Former Marion Circuit Clerk To Work On Statewide Electronic Filing Project

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After 26 years, Barbara Core will step down as the Marion County Circuit Clerk.

A celebration was held in her honor on Wednesday.

"It was a great 26 years. We accomplished a whole lot. As I said yesterday, you can't do it on your on. We've had a fantastic staff," she said.

Rhonda Starn will take her position and said she knows she has big shoes to fill.

"Things will still be even hill," Starn said. "We just want to keep the office flowing as well as Barb had it running."

For some people, retirement means heading off to a beach or a log cabin. But for Barbara Core, her career with the court system is nowhere near over.

She has accepted the position to work as the liaison between the state judicial system and one of the private companies that will help West Virginia install electronic filing in circuit courts statewide.

"My job will be to work between the Supreme Court, the e-filing people, all the circuit clerks in the state and their staff to coordinate it," Core said.

Core will work for On-Line Information Services, Inc., of Mobile, Alabama. The company will provide the electronic capability that will allow electronic filing using Software Systems of Morgantown's case management system.

Her office will still be in the Marion County Courthouse, with her former staff located just steps away.

"She won't be going far. She still will be close," Starn said. "I'll have my good friend nearby."

Marion County is one of 14 in the state that is participating in the pilot program for the new e-filing system.

"It means a little bit of less paper. A whole lot," Starn said.

Starn said the Circuit Clerk's Office is responsible for hundreds of thousands of pieces of paper. E-filing could make the system completely paperless, something Core said she has been dreaming of for more than a decade.

Marion County and Jefferson County will be the first to go online with electronic filing because employees in those offices already have scanned several years' worth of documents.

Every public document that has been scanned from previous years, as well as those filed every day at a circuit clerk's office, will be available online in a PDF format.

"When we come in in the morning, we will get a message saying there is a new suit filed. The fees have already been paid and its already in the system," Core said.

Core said it will make the jobs of judges, attorneys, and even the media much easier.

Anyone who wants to file a case in a circuit court participating in the pilot project, or eventually any circuit clerk's office when the project is expanded statewide, will be able to file documents electronically themselves, according to a press release from the Supreme Court.

Core said the pilot system is the time to make mistakes but she hopes in 10 years, everything will be completely paperless.

"No telephones ringing. No franticness. No hustle bustle. No telephones and no paper anywhere," Core said.

She will begin her new position with the Supreme Court on Monday, September 2.