Bucks County Prothonotary Patricia L. Bachtle has announced a comprehensive e-filing system to bring efficiencies and convenience to the Bucks County Courthouse.
Bachtle began exploring the e-filing systems in 2009, working with outside contractors and many stakeholders inside the courthouse to determine the best system.
During a county business meeting at the Middletown Grange Fair, she garnered the support of the Bucks County Judges and the Board of Bucks County Commissioners. The approval of a $182,300 contract with Paperless Solutions, Inc. of Bensalem will allow the office to move forward with the final testing and deployment of the e-filing system.
"Our goal all along has been to implement a system that worked for our judges, lawyers, and the entire court system, but we also wanted to make sure our e-filing system was the most responsible one for the taxpayers," Bachtle said. "I know this system will make the Prothonotary's office more efficient and save taxpayers money."
Bachtle has a history of bringing new technologies to the Prothonotary office. In recent years she's instituted a pay-per-page program that allows 24-hour access to documents and generates revenue for her office. She also implemented an innovative case management system that saves thousands of dollars a year and helped pave the way for the more extensive e-filing system.
"The new technologies we continue to bring to the office improve services for lawyers, residents, and employees, while bringing in money that helps operate the office that doesn't have to come from taxpayers," Bachtle said. "This e-filing system will reduce the amount of paper we need to use, reduce the amount of warehouse space needed for storing documents, and eventually lead to a smaller staff in the Prothonotary's office. All of that will save taxpayers by making government smaller and smarter."