Appellate case search gets new look

June 19, 2013
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If you like the changes made to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys search function, you’ll appreciate the upgrades made to the appellate case search tool.

The Indiana Judicial Branch rolled out an upgraded appellate case search application  Wednesday with the hope of making the search process easier for users.

The new search function is in a beta test and is accessible by clicking on “Appellate case search” under the “Services” section on the court’s homepage. Both the new version and the current search systems will be accessible through that link.

Indiana Supreme Court Public Information Officer Kathryn Dolan said the courts are keeping both systems up to allow people to use whatever version they are most comfortable with, although eventually the current search system will be taken down.

Highlights from the upgraded case search include:
-    Simple and advanced searches
-    Finding all of a specific type of case, such as capital appeals before the Supreme Court or juvenile delinquency cases before the Court of Appeals
-    Navigating between the search page, the results, and case details by using built-in navigation or web browser navigation
-    Organizing events in the case in chronological or reverse chronological order

The upgrade has a similar look to the one made earlier this year to the Roll of Attorneys.

In addition to the upgraded search, users can answer a 10-question survey to provide the courts feedback on the new model.

I had some trouble navigating the search when using the “back” button on my browser. It took me back to the original search screen and displayed a message that said “Please wait while we search for cases that match your criteria.” It was stuck on that screen, so I had to make my way back to the original search screen by hitting the “forward” button on my browser, then clicking “new search.”

Dolan did emphasize that this new search tool is a work in progress and feedback from users will help developers with any necessary changes.

Despite some bugs, I already appreciate this search tool much more than the current one, which is not quite user friendly.

What do you think about the upgrades?
 

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