One of the benefits of JusticeLINK is that it increases public access to court information at less expense, and allows us to organize our system so we don't need as many resources sent into the courtroom to make decisions."

McMillan at the National Center for State Courts said his organization has been pushing for electronic filing for five years, and recommended Prince George's County for its technological knowledge and capable administration. Although he's happy about the project, he thinks there is still a long way to go.

"In football you have to get to the 20 yard line before you can score," he said. "This will get us to the 20 yard line. I don't know that we'll be able to get a touchdown, but at least we'll be in a position to get a field goal."