Maryland upgrades court system

Maryland has chosen Tyler Technologies to integrate its court management system using the Odyssey(R) solution. The Odyssey court management system will integrate managing and reporting court information in order to help the state meet its Maryland Electronic Court (MDEC) goals. The state court system is working to upgrade and streamline many of its legacy systems.

Maryland’s MDEC goals include improving access to statewide court statistics, eliminating paper case files and improving overall court service delivery for officials and the public. The goals are part of a larger plan to update the technology powering state courts and integrate the 22 separate court applications it currently operates into a single, statewide system. Longer term, the Maryland Judiciary wants to transform the way justice information is processed and shared among all participants, which requires Odyssey’s modern tools, methods and standards.

The project is expected to cost nearly $45 million and will run several Odyssey modules, including Case Manager, Enterprise Content Management, Financial Management and e-Filing. Tyler has already implemented Odyssey for other state systems in Maryland, and the existing relationship was one of the key reasons Tyler was chosen.

Odyssey powers several similar systems in other states, with the Maryland contract Odyssey will serve more than 500 counties with a combined population of over 50 million.

Once implemented, courts in all 24 Maryland counties will have access to the same database, and Odyssey will enable inter-jurisdictional notifications and data transfer between all four levels of court for all case types.