Legislation that takes effect Jan. 1, 2009 transferred the responsibility to pay for juvenile placements and services from Indiana counties to state government. The legislation also requires probation officers to send specific information to the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) for caseworkers to review. In partnership with DCS, JTAC developed an INcite (Indiana Court Information Technology Extranet) application that probation officers can use to interface with DCS ’ Indiana Child Welfare Information System. JTAC’s system is available to probation officers free of charge.
On Monday December 1, trial courts in DeKalb County and Franklin Township Small Claims Court, Marion County will be using Odyssey. Public case information from these courts will be available 24/7 without charge on the Indiana Supreme Court’s website www.courts.in.gov. Case information from Monroe, Warren and Tipton County, and Washington and Center Township Small Claims Courts in Marion County are already available. As the Odyssey case management system is deployed statewide, data from each new court will be available.
Preparing for the Dec. 1 launch date included many site visits and hours of training. JTAC and court and clerk staff will be on the job over the Thanksgiving weekend to ensure everything runs smoothly on Monday.
Marion County Superior Court judges held a judicial retreat Friday, and as part of the day’s agenda, they met with JTAC representatives to discuss the implementation of Odyssey CMS and other JTAC initiatives. Mary DePrez, JTAC’s Director, reviewed the successful implementation of the Protection Order Registry in Marion County and thanked the judges for their hard work and cooperation in making that project so successful.
The Indiana Supreme Court’s electronic Citation and Warning System (eCWS) was honored with the first place Cygnus 2008 Innovation Award for Software at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in San Diego, California earlier this month.
Already in use in 68 Indiana counties, use of the Protection Order Registry continues to climb. There are currently 25,127 active orders in the registry and a total of 3,770 orders were issued in October.
The POR team provides continuing support and training and has held recent sessions in Cass, Dearborn, Grant, Hamilton and Steuben counties.