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  • 'E-court' system serving county

  • I read a story earlier this year about a "soon-to-be-launched" computer system at the Jackson County Circuit Court. The story said the judges and staff were being training on a system designed to store all of Oregon's circuit court documents electronically. It also said there would be terminals for the public to access court documents.
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  • I read a story earlier this year about a "soon-to-be-launched" computer system at the Jackson County Circuit Court. The story said the judges and staff were being training on a system designed to store all of Oregon's circuit court documents electronically. It also said there would be terminals for the public to access court documents.
    My question is simple. Has this system launched? And can I use it?
    — Bob W., Medford
    Yes, Bob. The answer to both your questions is affirmative. The new e-court system, dubbed Odyssey, is up and running at the county court.
    Now, instead of hand-carrying court files from room to room, staff will be able to move documents electronically and share information with plaintiffs, defendants and their attorneys, said Bob Kleker, court administrator.
    The system, which got its first local test in early March, allows attorneys to file and serve documents electronically — and provide the public access to documents online ranging from parking tickets to divorce decrees.
    If you end up in a court room, you'll see the judges are now managing their cases from the bench absent their ubiquitous file folders of paperwork. Indictments, pleadings and other legal documents appear on large computer screens installed at the judges' benches with the click of a mouse.
    The courthouse also has public computer terminals in the lobby that provide free access to both the court's data information system, Kleker said.
    The new Oregon Case Information System, or OECI, replaces the old Oregon Judicial Information Network, a subscription-based data system which kept the state's records on civil and criminal cases for more than 25 years, Kleker said.
    OJIN was cutting edge in its day. But things have changed. Odyssey is more intuitive. Users can find a case by the person or by the case number. Not only can you view specific documents online, if you like, you can have them printed out, Kleker said.
    To learn more, visit the Jackson County Circuit Court Web page at www.courts.oregon.gov/Jackson or the Oregon Judicial Department website at www.courts.oregon.gov.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering them all.
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