Providence Courts Go Paperless


The first registrants have signed up for Providence, Rhode Island’s new paperless court system. The state is working through a $5.9 million modernization effort with Tyler Technologies and the first phase of implementation is underway.

Tyler offers the Odyssey court management system which allows court systems to operate a nearly paperless environment. Lawyers and court workers sign up and manage cases through an online system.

So far, the Superior, District and Family courts are online. The Workers Compensation Court went online in March.

Harris County in Texas is also planning a similar effort. Harris County is the third most populous county in the U.S., with 4.2 million residents, and is home to the city of Houston. The system will serve approximately 400 users, including up to 250 concurrent users during peak periods.

In recent years several municipal and county governments have made an effort to go paperless for court filings. The second phases of these plans will involve improvements in case management and better tracking of individuals as they move through the court system. Tyler is currently working through implementations in Idaho, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington.