Computerized case management system will make information more accessible to state agencies and citizens
The Marion County Superior Court announced July 23 that it plans to pilot
a new computerized case management system that will make vital courthouse
information more accessible to Indiana government agencies and citizens.
Computer Associates International Inc. (CA), a computer software firm,
will design and install a statewide computerized management system that
will keep track of all developments in all cases pending in Indiana courts.
This information will be readily available to anyone who needs court information.
* Citizens and lawyers will be able to check the status of their cases
over the Internet.
* Courts will be able to transmit electronically orders to the Bureau
of Motor Vehicles suspending or reinstating driver's licenses.
* The state will have an electronic registry of all domestic violence
protective orders issued by the courts of Indiana.
* A judge will be able to determine whether a defendant has additional
pending charges anywhere else in the state.
* Judges, clerks, prosecutors, lawyers and their staffs will be able
to process transactions electronically that are now done by hand.
Kurt Snyder, director of and counsel for trial court technology for
Indiana, said the new system will enable the courts to share information
with other state entities, such as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the
state police. According to Snyder, the old system did not allow this type
of sharing to take place.
"Peoples' expectations are rising and rising," Snyder said. "People
expect certain things like paying at the pump for their gas. Soon people
will ask themselves, 'Why can't I check the status of my case online.'"
The Indiana Supreme Court selected CA in May following a lengthy competitive
procurement process that began last year. As part of the three-year $7 million
contract, CA will customize the court system's existing case management
computer program to meet Indiana requirements and needs as well as assist
the Judicial Technology and Automation Committee (JTAC) staff in implementing
the system in all Indiana courts.
Funding for the project will be provided by an increase in the $5 court-filing
fees authorized by the legislature, grants from the Indiana Criminal Justice
Institute and other sources.
Snyder said the system may be up and running in about 18 months.
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