Desoto County, Mississippi: The Mississippi Electronic System (MEC), which was first tested and adopted by the Madison County courts, is coming to DeSoto County. The state contracted the federal government to create this system, and describes it as "a comprehensive, internet-based document filing and case management system that allows courts to maintain electronic case files and offer electronic filing." In short, it will enable attorneys to file court proceedings online and will provide the public access to court documents. The process to implement such a system began in 2005 and has been used by the Madison County Chancery Clerk's office since 2008. It has since been implemented by the counties of Scott and Warren as well. The system costs attorneys $10 per year and costs the public 20 cents per page view. Currently, only civil cases are filed online, but a system for criminal cases is expected to launch by the end of the year. DeSoto County Chancery Clerk, Sluggo Davis, stated, "We're excited we have the system coming to DeSoto...We've been waiting two years, and we are ready and able to make it work." Chief Justice William Waller was in DeSoto County on July 25th to give the local officials and attorneys a review of the new system.
The Commercial Appeal, "DeSoto Chancery Court joins e-filing pilot program", July 26, 2011