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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ind. Decisions - More on: Henry County's electronic record of judgments and orders

Updating this ILB entry from this morning, which linked to the Supreme Court order, and noted that:

This appears to be the model developed by JTAC and approved by the Supreme Court for not only Henry County, but all future counties. As far as the ILB has been able to determine, the Henry County project has not been reviewed by the Judicial Technology Oversight Committee (JTOC), created by the last General Assembly.
This afternoon the ILB has received a note from Henry Circuit Court 1 Judge Mary Willis, pointing out re the Henry County project:
This project started about 18 months ago through some grant funding and predated the formation of JTOC.
Judge Willis also helfully pointed me to this story today by Bill Hyden in the New Castle Courier Times. Some quotes:
Imagine a world without the headache of stopping by the clerk's office to pick up a court document. * * *

As a joint collaboration between the Henry County judges and the clerk's office, a demonstration is at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14 in Henry Circuit Court 1 that will include a tutorial on obtaining county court records through the web. The public is invited to attend the "Cookies in Court" event as refreshments will be provided.

Henry Circuit Court 1 Judge Mary Willis said that Henry County is the first in the state to use the digital records retrieval program as grant was obtained for the software.

"We are a pilot program for this as we have authority from the Indiana Supreme Court to make records, judgments and orders available to the public," said Willis. "Now that we use the Odyssey program, there is a policy to scan documents and make them available for purchase. You will be able to pull up a document online, pay for it and print it in the comfort of your home."

Willis pointed out that some categories of documents remain unavailable for public inspection at the program rollout.

"The Indiana Supreme Court is reluctant to scan and release charging information pertaining to an alleged criminal act," said Willis. "However, it wouldn't surprise me if we eventually shift to making everything available online."

Willis said online document retrieval is another step in adapting the court system to new technology. * * *

Debbie Walker, the Henry County Clerk, said that making some court records available online will ease the burden on her staff.

"We just kept talking to representatives with Odyssey and everyone agreed that this is a good thing to do," said Walker. "I tested the new system and I paid $1 to purchase a document and had to pay a $2 credit card fee. I think it will also reduce the number of phone calls we receive at the clerk's office."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 12, 2014 02:41 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions