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[SUPREME] La Porte County Goes Online with Indiana Supreme Court Odyssey Case Management System
Start Date: 8/2/2012 All Day
End Date: 8/2/2012
Entry Description
The La Porte County Courts and Clerk are successfully operating a new 21st-century computer system called “Odyssey,” the Indiana Supreme Court announced Thursday. Odyssey connects the counties to a continually growing network of courts, clerks, law enforcement, and other state agencies.  There are currently 127 courts in 42 counties in the state using Odyssey.  

The upgrade to Odyssey in La Porte 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, and state agencies, and makes court information available over the Internet at no charge.  With Odyssey, an estimated 32,900 new cases filed in La Porte County each year will be managed by the state-of-the-art computer system.  

Circuit Court Judge Thomas Alevizos said, “Moving to this statewide unified system will currently save La Porte County taxpayers $30,000 a year. Updating from the 1985 system moves the La Porte County Courts in the right direction toward future efficiencies. The Courts are now able to produce more reports with the program in place.”

La Porte County Clerk Lynne F. Spevak is also pleased Odyssey is a user-friendly system and is proud that her staff has moved to this modern technology.  She said, “Odyssey is a major benefit for the public, law enforcement, and attorneys. The Clerk’s office has noticed a decrease in phone calls with the system in place. Since Odyssey is a different way of data entry, it will take the staff a little longer to be cross-trained on the program, however we are entering data more quickly than before.”

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).  Former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr., who chaired JTAC since its inception, congratulated those involved in bringing Odyssey to La Porte County.  

“This is a major accomplishment and the people of La Porte County should be proud of the hard work done by Clerk Lynne Spevak and Judges Alevizos, Boklund, Koethe, Lang, and Stalbrink.  Their staffs are to be congratulated as well.  Having this advanced technology will mean 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.  Currently, there are 22 different and unrelated court record management systems statewide and these systems do not communicate with each other.
 
For more information on the Indiana Supreme Court’s technology projects visit courts.in.gov/jtac.
Location Information:
LaPorte County
Contact Information:
Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
Email: kathryn.dolan@courts.in.gov
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