INDIANAPOLIS - Information about criminal cases in Marion County was made readily available to the public Monday though the Odyssey Case Management System.
The status of criminal cases in Marion County can be found through a free, online database. The Indiana Supreme Court said it eventually wants to list criminal cases from all 92 counties on the site.
Kim Miller's son, 18-year-old Jelani Thomas, faces criminal confinement burglary charges. Miller used the OCMS to search for his court status.
"It's easier to go online and check than trying to call. Sometimes (the courts) are very busy and it's hard to get through. Having that (online) access makes it simpler and easier for me," Miller said.
Orange flyers were strategically placed inside Marion County courtrooms Monday to announce the new website.
Indiana Supreme Court Spokeswoman Kathryn Dolan said the website will prove to be very convenient and modern.
"We deposit checks through our phones. We order pizza online. Here is an expectation that you can do business in a modern function. The idea that I can only call the court from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. is cumbersome," Dolan said.
The transition to an online court system began seven years ago. Now, 199 courts and 48 counties are connected, RTV6's Derrik Thomas reported.
Currently, there are still 21 different court management systems being used around the state. The change to the new system does not happen seamlessly. Judges, prosecutors, police, and representatives from the prosecutor's office met Monday to troubleshoot glitches.
The state paid a licensing fee for the OCMS and it will continue to be funded largely in part by case filing fees.
To search the free database, visit https://mycase.in.gov/default.aspx or click here.