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Friday, March 10, 2017

Courts - Challenge to Odyssey case management software fails hurdle in Calif.

The ILB has had several posts on this isssue:

Courts - "Calif. court officials blame software for wrongful arrests, other legal mishaps"

That is the headline to this Dec. 20th Washington Post story reported by Karen Turner. It begins:Wrongful arrests, delayed prison releases and other legal mishaps have been caused by inaccurate records processed by a new court management software system installed...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on December 26, 2016 11:26 AM

Courts - "New court software is so awful it’s getting people wrongly arrested: Problematic Odyssey Case Manager software package is used nationwide"

That is the headline to a story today by Cyrus Farivar of ArsTechnica. The lengthy story begins:OAKLAND, Calif.—Most pieces of software don’t have the power to get someone arrested—but Tyler Technologies’ Odyssey Case Manager does. This is the case management...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on December 2, 2016 09:40 AM

Today Cyrus Farivar of ArsTechnia has a new story, headed: Judge won't halt court software that still causes mistaken arrests: 'Clerical errors… will occur regardless of the case management system used by the court.'" Some quotes from today's story:
OAKLAND, Calif.—A local judge has ruled against the Alameda County Public Defender’s demands to revise, and possibly even halt, usage of a flawed case management software that is in use here and in many other counties nationwide.
As Ars reported in December 2016, the Alameda County Superior Court switched from a decades-old courtroom management software to a much more modern one on August 1, 2016. Known as Odyssey Court Manager, the new management software is made by Tyler Technologies.

However, since then, the public defender’s office has filed approximately 2,000 motions informing the court that, due to its buggy software, many of its clients have been forced to serve unnecessary jail time, be improperly arrested, or even wrongly registered as sex offenders. As recently as this month, the Portland Press Herald reported on similar difficulties in Maine.

In a 13-page ruling issued last week, which Ars was only made aware of on Thursday, Judge Morris Jacobson denied the public defender’s office's insistence that the court provide accurate records within 24 hours and accurately mark, by the end of the business day, whether someone should be arrested. If the court was unable to meet those requirements, Public Defender Brendon Woods argued, it should halt its use of Odyssey entirely and return to its old system.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 10, 2017 09:30 AM
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