The Carmel City Court has joined the Hamilton County trial courts in using the Indiana Supreme Court's electronic case management system called “Odyssey.” Court case information in Odyssey is available to the public over the Internet at no cost. The Carmel City Court is the third city court to use the statewide system. In 2008, the court handled nearly 11,000 new infraction, ordinance violation, and criminal misdemeanor cases. Court leaders will demonstrate the system and answer questions for the press and public.
Tuesday, December 15th
1:00 p.m. E.S.T. at the Carmel City Court
One Civic Square Carmel, Indiana 46032
Odyssey was installed in the Carmel City Court by the Division of State Court Administration’s Judicial Technology and Automation Committee (JTAC). Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr., is the chair of JTAC and will be available at the briefing. “I commend Carmel City Court Judge Brian Poindexter for his leadership in installing this 21st-century technology that will make processing cases more efficient."
Judge Poindexter, who will also be available at the briefing explained, “I made it my priority to bring the Carmel City Court onto the Supreme Court’s computer system. Because the system is the same system as the Hamilton County trial courts are using, we now have ready access to information on all of our courts’ cases—as well as that on many other courts across the state.”
Odyssey is part of the Court's multi-year effort to equip every Indiana trial court with a 21st-century case management system. In doing so, all court systems will be connected to each other, law enforcement, state agencies, and others who need and use court information. “The thousands of new cases filed in Carmel City Court are now going to be a part of the Odyssey system,” explained Justice Sullivan. “This allows the public to have access to the court’s case information and allows the court to handle its cases more efficiently. This also enhances public and police officer safety.”
Using computer software written by JTAC, law enforcement officers in 136 departments use scanners to issue traffic citations and warnings. Because this is so much faster than writing tickets by hand, officer and motorists exposure to traffic hazards is lessened. And because an electronic citation is created, the data does not have to be reentered by hand when the ticket is filed with Odyssey.
Indiana State Police troopers use the system and Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies are currently being trained. Soon, the Carmel City Police Department will also begin using the system. “The scanning equipment, in-car printers and the software is being provided by JTAC at no cost to the Carmel Police,” explained Justice Sullivan. Funding for this purpose was provided by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
The Odyssey system was first installed in ten Indiana courts on a pilot basis in December, 2007. It is now operating in 43 Indiana courts in fourteen counties, including the Marion County traffic court, the busiest court in the state. These courts comprise approximately 21% of all the new cases filed in Indiana.