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Chief Justice Dickson Promotes Technology Upgrades In Courts

The chief justice says the value of technology lies in manages court information across the state and connecting courts to other government agencies.

Brent Dickson

Photo: Indiana Supreme Court

Dickson notes that one of the judicial system’s biggest challenges is accommodating people with limited English.

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson says getting help from the General Assembly to upgrade the Court’s statewide technology system is one of his branch’s most urgent priorities.

Chief Justice Dickson says the Odyssey case management system, which manages court information across the state, has been installed in almost half of Hoosier counties and is currently scheduled for use in 20 more.

And Dickson says Odyssey’s value also lies in connecting courts to other government agencies.

“For victims of domestic violence to obtain prompt protective orders immediately enforceable in every Indiana county, for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to quickly receive accurate notification of decisions in the county courts,” Dickson says.

Dickson also notes that one of the judicial system’s biggest challenges is accommodating people with limited English.

“Significant inroads have been accomplished by the Court’s Commission on Race and Gender Fairness and its program for training and certifying almost one hundred court interpreters statewide,” Dickson says.  “In addition, we provide ‘Language Line,’ a telephonic interpreter service to all Indiana courts.  But much more is needed.”

Dickson says the state must find ways to help limited English speakers with court-related functions that don’t take place in the courtroom.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Kevin Cook

    In 2002 the private sector accomplished what the Supreme Court is trying to replicate. Unfortunately for taxpayers, the Indiana Supreme Court has spent $90 Million and are asking the Legisilature to double their funding for the Odyssey system that is unnecessary, a step backwards and ten times more expensive than the market.

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