Lonoke County is set to begin the process of automating its court records. At a kickoff meeting on Friday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. in the meeting room at the Lonoke Courthouse Annex Building.

Arkansas’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) will explain the project and discuss the schedule to implement the new electronic case management system. The Twenty-Third Judicial Circuits Administrative Judge Barbara Elmore, Lonoke County Circuit Clerk Deborah Oglesby and Lonoke County Clerk Larry Clarke will help oversee the project and serve as liaisons with the AOC to become the next circuit court to implement the statewide oase management system. This is the first step toward making Lonoke County’s case information available online to the public.

The system is called Contexte and is one of many projects offered by the Arkansas Court Automation Programs of the AOC. In June 2002, the AOC purchased a statewide software license for Contexte from ACS Government Services, a Xerox Company. In addition to case management, the license includes a jury management system; an in-court processing module; an online payment module; and a public access component. Currently, 25 courts around Arkansas fully utilize Contexte,

While another dozen use portions of the program for juvenile drug court statistics and dependency neglect programs.

The ultimate goal of the automation project is to improve public safety and to improve and promote public confidence in the judiciary by making accurate, complete, and timely court information available to the courts, justice agencies, and the public by providing a statewide case management system to all Arkansas courts. The project would not have succeeded Without the support of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Chief Justice Jim Hannah has been the Supreme Court liaison to the project and a strong supporter of the court automation project. The software license, continuing vendor support, and project support are provided by the AOC.

This effort will create the foundation for the Arkansas Statewide Electronic Filing (e-Filing) project, which is under way, and led by the Supreme Court. The e-Filing project is scheduled to begin as a pilot program in the Pulaski County Circuit Court.

For more information about ACAP, go to https://courts.arkansasgovlacaplìndex.cfm.