Courts: Idaho case computer system at end of life

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court says the state’s computerized case filing system is becoming obsolete and a replacement is needed.

In a new report to lawmakers and Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, the high court proposes a five-year, $21.6 million plan to replace the Idaho Statewide Trial Court Record System with a new case management program called Odyssey, created by Tyler Technologies.

The current system has been declared by its vendor to be at “end of life,” according to the report.

Idaho led the nation in the late 1980s when it put 43 of its 44 counties on the Trial Court Automated Records System, which allowed officials to look up how much money was collected in fines so they could make accurate budget projections. The system was upgraded about 10 years later, when Gov. Phil Batt signed legislation creating the ISTARS Technology Fund and the state began buying new computers and software for county courts, allowing the public to look up some court records online.

Today, everything from felony cases to speeding tickets is available for viewing online through the Idaho State Repository, a database that utilizes ISTARS data. The Idaho Supreme Court says the online system allows court officials to process nearly half a million cases each year.

The proposed program would expand those capabilities to add an online payment system, electronic filing of court documents and video conferencing.

“Idahoans need and deserve a modern efficient court system and a robust economic development environment demands that all court cases are resolved fairly, timely and efficiently,” the report states.

The $21.6 million to implement the new system, along with ongoing annual costs of $5.9 million for maintenance and other expenses, could come from the general fund or by a $10 to $12 increase in the technology and filing fees that are already collected by the courts, according to the report.

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