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Franklin County Prosecutor's Office now sends court docs electronically

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PASCO, Wash.—Cases moving through the Franklin County Court system may start speeding up.  A new program could make the process quicker and cheaper.

The Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Office recently started using "Prosecutor by Karpel."  It allows employees to send out court documents electronically to other attorneys.  They no longer have to mail documents or hand-deliver them.  This cuts down on time and money.  The system also keeps a record and lets the sender know when documents have been received and read.  

Franklin County is the first in the state to use the $80,000 program.  Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Sant says he's looking to see what else the system can do.  One idea is to collaborate with local law enforcement.

"We're trying to tie their system with this system and the data base, so rather than having an officer drop off reports each morning for cases that may have resulted in arrests from the previous night or day, we now would be able to have those reports sent electronically," say Shawn Sant, Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney.

Sant says other counties have looked at their system including Walla Walla, Benton and King County.

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