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TRUMBULL COUNTY Court saves time online



Published: Tue, November 27, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The public can also access nonconfidential probate court cases dating to 1985.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- Getting a marriage license from Trumbull County Probate Court is almost as easy as saying "I do."

Now, by going to the court's Web site -- www.trumbullprobate.org -- couples can learn about what is required in Ohio to obtain a marriage license and then can fill out an application online.

"The couple is still required to come to the court and take an oath to verify the information they gave us is correct," said John Shorts, a court spokesman.

"However, this process greatly increases our efficiency because people already have the paperwork completed by the time they get here."

Shorts said the Web site also informs people that if they are divorced they will have to bring a certified copy of their divorce decree before they can get their marriage license.

"It saves on the running around because they will know before they get here what they must bring in order to get the license," he said.

Probate court issued about 1,600 licenses last year.

Records: It also has made court records accessible online.

The public can now look at all nonconfidential cases, dating to 1985.

"The online project is intended to provide substantial savings to the public by making it possible to file and obtain copies of court records from a home or office computer," said Probate Judge Thomas Swift.

"Additionally, electronic filings will be accepted early next year. This will broaden the range of services the court can offer and is the next step toward a paperless court."

sinkovich@vindy.com




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