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Marion County criminal courts near Odyssey conversion

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Marion Superior criminal court workers are training and IT staff and clerks are working overtime preparing for what will be the largest adoption of the Odyssey case management system to date.

Criminal court cases will be transferred to the state-supported Odyssey system from JUSTIS in coming weeks, a little more than a year after Marion Superior civil courts made the switch. Detailed planning to switch criminal dockets to Odyssey began shortly afterward.

Amitav Thamba, chief technology officer for the courts, said new criminal cases will be entered into Odyssey beginning June 6. By June 16, all existing criminal cases in Marion County's JUSTIS case-management system will be transferred to Odyssey. A month from now, the DOS-based system that’s been the backbone of the courts since 1988 will be retired.

Thamba briefed the Marion Superior Executive Committee Friday on preparations for the change executed in conjunction with the Judicial Technology and Automation Committee of the Division of State Court Administration. He said dry runs had been successful.

The move will include transferring 586,000 criminal cases and some 16 million records. Thamba credited an implementation team he said has been working 16-hour days for some time to complete the transition.

Thamba described the task as the largest he’s supervised in 28 years as an IT expert. “If I pull this off, I’m going to go have a drink,” he said.
 

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