System keeps track of legal cases
- By Matt Caterinicchia
- Jun 24, 2002
The Louisiana District Attorneys Association (LDAA) has awarded a contract
to Ciber Inc. to implement and maintain a system designed to help attorneys
manage legal cases and provide ongoing training to state employees.
The Case Records Information Management and Exchange System (CRIMES),
developed by Ciber, enables state officials to update and track cases throughout
the legal process. The cases are maintained as part of the legal history
for criminal, traffic, investigative, civil, adult, defense, family and
Testing for CRIMES is under way in a Web-based n-tier configuration
in which tasks are distributed among three or more computers. Data may be
distributed in one or more databases, and user interaction takes place via
a Web browser, personal digital assistant or a cell phone. A security system
controls access to the information.
"We are working to enhance the integration with our product lines amongst
many agencies in the law and justice community," said Jerry Kincaid, vice
president of law and justice solutions for Ciber. According to Kincaid,
crime victims can benefit from the system as well.
"Victims of criminal acts can now be tracked and notified of counseling
services, financial reimbursement and the long-term outcome of their case,
which includes if the defendant is being released from prison," he said.
CRIMES has been running since May in nine judicial districts in Louisiana;
however, the n-tier system will not be available until March 2003, said
Roger Sherman, law and justice program director for Ciber. According to
Sherman, CRIMES is an upgrade of a system that was created in 1991.
The clientele in Louisiana have played an important role in the development
of the system, said Michael Navarro, project manager for Louisiana. "They
are very excited," he said. "There is such a high participation rate in
"I have been very pleased with the system," said David Baxter, the director
of information systems for the LDAA. "Their service after the fact has been
exceptional. They never gave us a hard time on changes we wanted to make.
They were great about it which is quite unusual in this industry."
E. Pete Adams, the executive director of the LDAA, said that Louisiana
began developing an integrated system in the mid-1970s but lost funding
in 1979. "We hope that the current effort will be implemented as soon as
possible," he said. The LDAA received federal grants to fund the total rollout
contract, which is estimated at $500,000.