Court case management moves to the cloud in Texas counties

West Texas counties Yoakum and Pecos have signed agreements with Dallas-based Tyler Technologies to implement its new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) case management system, the company said Tuesday. The five-year deals are worth a combined $2.2 million and officials say the new system will integrate the counties’ justice systems.

Using Tyler’s Odyssey Online, Yoakum and Pecos will use a secure Web interface to handle criminal and civil court case management files. Judge Jim Barron of Yoakum County and Judge Joe Shuster said the solution will help the various members of the court share information in a more timely manor. Justices of the peace, prosecutors, county jail and law enforcement will all have access to the software in a hosted environment.

“We appreciate a reliable solution that will give us the integration we need and has the added benefit of providing secure backups of all our files,” Judget Barron said in a statement.

Bruce Graham, president of Tyler’s Courts & Justice Division said Odyssey Online will give Yoakum and Pecos Counties the usability and scalability of a much larger case management system, but at a much lower cost. Yoakum and Pecos will pay per-user and per-month, and they do not need any additional on-site IT infrastructure, Tyler said.

“Many local jurisdictions across the country need truly integrated justice systems, but in the past have been limited to solutions with limited functionality or dated technology.” Mr. Graham said. “With the introduction of Odyssey Online, Yoakum and Pecos counties can take advantage of the same industry-leading capabilities and efficiencies as larger jurisdictions through a hosted solution that meets their fiscal requirements.”

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