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Gallatin County Justice Court records will be publicly available online after the court’s computer system gets an overhaul.

Previously, people who wanted to access justice court records had to reserve the only public computer at the Law and Justice Center to look at those records or take a gamble on being the first there to use it.

Miranda Johnson, clerk of justice court, said the room the computer is in also serves as a jury room and for mediation. She said justice court clerks have to schedule computer use around when those things are happening.

A software upgrade will move court records onto a cloud-based system.

“With no new building or new space in sight, that will take away some of that burden,” Johnson said.

Johnson said people who want the online access to records need to request it through her office and fill out paperwork that will go to the office of the Montana Supreme Court administrator. Once approved, the state charges $3 a month for the access.

Eventually, Johnson said, that access could become available for district court and city court cases, but that’s likely years away.

The upgrades are scheduled to happen this week and next.

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Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2630.

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