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      Michigan courts looking at electronic case filing

      The agency that oversees Michigan's courts says it will work with lawmakers to move toward a statewide system of electronic case filing.

      The State Court Administrative Office says electronic filing would save the cost of paper, delivery, parking and other expenses related to the filing of court documents, especially in civil cases.

      Developing a system could cost as much as $50 million over five years. The National Center for State Courts recommends an increase in the standard filing fee, which now is $150 per case and is set by Michigan law.

      Some courts have been testing electronic filing, especially the Family Division of Oakland County Circuit Court. But those pilot projects are likely to end soon.