Earlier this week, JTAC Directory Mary DePrez traveled to Madison in Jefferson County to deliver a project update to those in attendance.
Last Tuesday, JTAC held the August Stakeholder meeting. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the Indiana Judicial Center and Judge Jeff Dywan, Lake County, were in attendance.
Mary DePrez provided an update on the ‘Public Access’ pilot for the Protection Order Registry and recent grant awards. She also mentioned two recent awards: A ‘First Place’ Best Practices Award by the Association of Transportation Safety Information Professionals; and the Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award for JTAC’s positive impact on traffic safety. Both awards were a result of the successful partnership with Tyler Technologies, Inc., the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the Indiana State Police, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and numerous judges, clerks and local law enforcement agencies for working together to make the eCWS/Odyssey/BMV data exchange model a nationally recognized model.
The Indiana House had a busy 2009 session and among the new laws passed and signed by the Governor was House Enrolled Act 1428. HEA 1428 set standards for the Division of State Court Administration, and subsequently JTAC, to electronically capture information about certain individuals who are subject to mental health commitment orders. That data is to be transmitted to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This new law took effect on July 1, 2009.
Clerk’s Offices in Indiana now have a new, easy-to-use website for searching record retention schedules, which will hopefully save clerk staff a little bit of time and a little bit of frustration when they manage local records. Because court recordkeeping is a primary responsibility of each county clerk’s office in Indiana, the Indiana Supreme Court-through its Division of State Court Administration and Judicial Technology and Automation Committee staff-has created a retention schedules website that makes finding retention information much easier than the old method of flipping through pages in a printed book or document.
At JTAC, we field all sorts of questions about how Odyssey works and what end-users should expect when deploying the state’s case management system. Sometimes we hear from people who heard one thing or another about Odyssey through the grapevine, only to discover that what they heard wasn’t quite accurate. So, from time to time, we’ll post an Odyssey Myth-Buster to help prepare you for what you should really expect to experience when your court starts using Odyssey.
Odyssey will run slower as more courts are added.