Efforts are underway to bring circuit clerks across the state online and capable of electronic filing, beginning with 14 pilot counties.
Those counties are scanning documents and case files so records can be accessible by the public and they are installing software to enable electronic filing.
Matt Arrowood, who heads up the project for the West Virginia Supreme Court, said Jefferson and Marion counties will be the first to launch.
The others - Berkeley, Braxton, Cabell, Hampshire, Harrison, Lewis, Lincoln, Morgan, Ohio, Randolph, Upshur and Wood - were picked because they already were using a Morgantown-based software program that will help the Supreme Court bring all counties in the state into the new technology.
"Electronic filing for attorneys will mean you can file a document 24/7 at the clerk's office, even when the courthouse is closed," Arrowood said.
"The attorneys cut down their costs of going back and forth to the courthouse," he said. "They can pay electronically with a credit card and can have documents instantaneously. It's immediate."
A similar system is already in place in the state's federal court system, with e-filing and PDF documents available to legal professionals and the public at any time remotely.
Arrowood is traveling the state to educate attorneys on the new technology. But mostly, he has discovered that most are ready for the advances.
"They are coming up and telling me it's not that drastic of a change for them," he said.
Within the 55 county clerks' offices, however, that may not be the case.
"There is the fear of technology for some people," Arrowood said. "People sometimes don't like a new way of doing business."
Don't count Jefferson County Clerk Laura Storm as one of those who is hesitant to make the improvements. Storm has led her own office update and is prepared to take what she knows to other clerks as the change comes.