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      SC solicitor advocates paperless court system

      BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - One South Carolina solicitor is advocating a paperless court system.

      The Beaufort Gazette reports that 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone is advocating an electronic case management system that would make the judicial process virtually paperless from arrest to verdict.

      A computer-based system would eliminate rooms filled with case files and hours spent copying court documents. Stone says that, for example, the evidence from a murder trial last October consisted of four crates of evidence as well as two more crates of jury information that has to be stored.

      Stone expects to choose soon between two providers to archive old case files electronically.

      Stone says electronic case-management system will also speed preparation for trials allowing evidence and documents can be shared quickly by computer between prosecutors and defense attorneys.

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      Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, http://www.beaufortgazette.com

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