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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- A centralized electronic filing system for West Virginia's circuit clerks could prevent mistakes and improve public access.

But the head of the West Virginia Press Association expects many people will still have to visit courthouses in person for copies of lawsuits, motions and rulings.

The state's high court is launching a pilot project in 14 counties as it tries to fix widespread problems with record-keeping that caused the mistaken release of a kidnapping suspect in Kanawha County this year.

Don Smith of the state's newspaper association cited West Virginia's low levels of computer ownership and broadband access as potential obstacles and said people will likely have to continue depending on reporters to keep them informed.

 Administrator Steve Canterbury hopes WVeFile will be live statewide by December 2015.

 

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