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[SUPREME] Jackson County Goes Online with Indiana Supreme Court Odyssey Case Management System
Start Date: 5/30/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/30/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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The Jackson County Courts and Clerk are successfully operating a new 21st-century computer system called “Odyssey,” the Indiana Supreme Court announced. Odyssey connects the counties to a continually growing network of courts, clerks, law enforcement and other state agencies. There are currently 122 courts in 41 counties in the state using Odyssey.  

The upgrade to Odyssey in Jackson County is part of the Indiana Supreme Court’s effort to equip every trial court with a 21st-century case management system. Odyssey connects courts with each other, law enforcement, state agencies and makes court information available over the Internet at no charge. With Odyssey, an estimated 17,000 new cases filed in Jackson County each year will be managed by a state-of-the-art computer system.  

Jackson Superior Court 1 Judge Bruce Markel, III said Odyssey is a huge improvement for Jackson County, “Our old system was about to die and we constantly worried it would crash. I figured we would be forced into using pen, paper and the green ledger cards to keep track of our records. This system moves us into the 21st century.”

Jackson County Clerk Amanda Cunningham Lowery called Odyssey, “a welcome change.” She added, “It has so much more to offer than our previous case management system. We are looking forward to working with Odyssey to make the Clerk’s office and our services more accessible to the public.”

Odyssey was first installed in ten Indiana courts on a pilot basis in December 2007 under the direction of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration’s Judicial Technology and Automation Committee (JTAC). Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr., who chairs JTAC, congratulated those involved in bringing Odyssey to Jackson County. “This is a major accomplishment and the people of Jackson County should be proud of the hard work done by Clerk Lowery and Judges Vance, Markel and MacTavish.  Their staffs are to be congratulated as well.  Having this advanced technology in Jackson County now means ten contiguous counties are on Odyssey sharing information. This means better service for the county’s citizens, will increase public safety because of its connections to law-enforcement, and because JTAC pays for the computer software, using Odyssey will save money for the county’s taxpayers as well.”

Courts pay no installation costs, training costs, license fees or annual maintenance costs for Odyssey. Those costs are paid by JTAC from the proceeds of a court filing fee dedicated to the project by the General Assembly. Odyssey is designed to be implemented statewide and is being installed without disrupting everyday court business or closing Indiana courts. Odyssey is replacing 22 different and unrelated court record management systems statewide that do not communicate with each other.
 
For more information on the Indiana Supreme Court’s technology projects visit courts.in.gov/jtac.

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Jackson County
Contact Information:
Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
Email: kathryn.dolan@courts.in.gov
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