Judicial Technology and Automation Committee
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste. 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Director and Counsel for Trial Court Technology
In 2008, JTAC and the Indiana Public Defender Council struck a partnership to begin the design and development of Indiana Public Defender, a statewide computer system that will be made available to public defenders through the Council. This system will interface seamlessly with the Odyssey Case Management System that is being implemented by JTAC in trial courts and clerk’s offices throughout the state, which will undoubtedly eliminate several data entry tasks that public defenders and their staff may be performing currently. More importantly, this system will enhance the sharing of information among these agencies.
In 2009, a list of 150 requirements was compiled, resulting from discussions involving participation by various Indiana public defenders, and representatives of the Indiana Public Defender Council and the Indiana Public Defender Commission. This list was later prioritized and vetted by members of the Indiana Public Defender Council.
In February 2010, development has commenced on a prototype of the system, the first step in the development process. Additionally, a Public Defender Working Group was established to provide input to the detailed requirements and system design. The Working Group is comprised of a broad representation of anticipated users, e.g. full-time public defenders, private attorneys who provide public defense services on a part-time basis, and public defender office administrators. Members include:
The Indiana Public Defender System was deployed in three phases. On September 20, 2010, Floyd and Monroe County Public Defender Offices implemented the application. The attorneys and their staff were able to access case information from Odyssey through the interface between the two systems, view and print Chronological Case Summaries and view their court calendar as well as incorporate and update their personal calendar within the PDIS application. In November 2010, Washington County joined Floyd and Monroe counties as a pilot for the PDIS application when the second phase of the application was deployed. And, on January 24, 2011, the Indiana Public Defender Information System was fully deployed to the three pilot counties.
The Public Defender Council was awarded additional funding through ICJI to support and further enhance the PDIS application. Statewide deployment of the Public Defender Information System began with Lawrence County on March 2011. Continued deployment is forthcoming as other Public Defender offices have expressed their interest in implementing the PDIS as their office case management system.