The Indiana Supreme Court has selected Tyler Technologies, Inc., to supply and install a new computer system that will manage cases for Indiana trial courts, Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard announced today. The selection followed a lengthy competitive procurement, Shepard said, and is contingent on negotiating a satisfactory contract with Tyler.
"With more than 1.5 million cases filed in Indiana courts each year, Hoosier law enforcement officers, lawyers, government agencies, and citizens need timely and accurate court information. Indiana courts and court clerks must have a 21st century computer system to help them manage their caseloads and provide court information to those who need it. While many individual courts have computerized case management systems today, we believe Tyler offers us the best opportunity to equip Indiana courts with a 21st century case management system and to connect those systems with each other and with those who need and use court information," said Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr., chair of the Supreme Court's Judicial Technology and Automation Committee (JTAC).
Tyler is a publicly traded corporation based in Dallas, Texas, and a leading provider of information management systems and professional services to state and local governments. Tyler is currently supplying and installing its trial court case management system product called "Odyssey Case Manager" statewide in Minnesota and New Hampshire and in individual courts in Florida, Nevada, Texas, and other states.
The Court's selection of Tyler completed months of review of 14 proposals submitted by vendors from throughout the country in response to a public solicitation earlier this year. The selection process included week-long product demonstrations in Indianapolis by finalist vendors, including demonstrations open to the public. More than 175 individuals attended these public sessions. Indiana judges, clerks, and other experts also traveled to courts in Indiana and other states where finalist vendors' systems were in use.
The Court's choice of Tyler's Odyssey product adopted the recommendation made by both JTAC and a statewide board of judges, clerks, court staff, and technology experts established by JTAC to oversee and govern the computerized case management system project. Chief Justice Shepard and Justice Sullivan expressed their appreciation to the members of JTAC and the statewide board for "their exceptionally hard work on behalf of all court users."
Judge John A. Rader of the Warren Circuit Court noted that he and his fellow statewide board members Judge Mary G. Willis, Henry Circuit Court, and Judge Frances C. Gull, Allen Superior Court, had spent "countless hours in product demonstrations, systems' review, and speaking to actual court end users. All three of us were strongly of the opinion that the Tyler Odyssey product was the top choice for Indiana Courts." Judge Rader added that his, Judge Willis', and Judge Gull's extensive involvement "insured that the selection of Tyler reflected the informed views of sitting judges from small, medium, and large Indiana counties."
Judge Gull said that she appreciated the Supreme Court's adoption of the statewide board's recommendation because she had "personally visited judges, clerks, and court staff using each of the competing vendors' products," and believed the selection of Tyler was "the right choice for Indiana." Another member of the statewide board, Al Mizen, the chief financial officer of Center Township in Marion County, added that "among the vendors we examined, Tyler had the best technology for connecting court computer systems with those of state agencies such as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Department of Revenue, and law enforcement."
Two county clerks who participated in the procurement also endorsed the selection of Tyler and its Odyssey product. "The Odyssey case management system provided the best combination of functionality, technology, usability, and a proven track record for implementing statewide trial court case management systems," said Therese Brown, Allen County Clerk. "While not perfect, having personally seen the system in use in Minnesota and comparing it with other CMS products, I believe that Tyler's system will be the best for Indiana's courts and clerks," added Jackie Rowan, DeKalb County Clerk.
The Court anticipates that, prior to signing a contract with Tyler to supply and install Odyssey in Indiana, Tyler and JTAC will enter into a limited contract to conduct a detailed assessment of the functions of Odyssey and the functions required by JTAC to assure that the time, effort, and cost of any additional application development work needed to meet the Court's functional requirements are reasonable and acceptable. (In 2002, the Supreme Court contracted with another vendor for a similar computer system. Last year, that contract was canceled on terms that included a refund to the Court of fees that had been paid to the vendor. A factor in the cancellation of the contract was the vendor's unwillingness to perform additional application development work needed to meet the Court's functional requirements.) Tyler's proposal projects costs of approximately $13.4 million over the life of the project for software licensing, maintenance and support and for vendor provided training and deployment. The Court will now begin contract negotiations with Tyler that will also include terms for software modifications and application development the Court deems necessary.