Electronic Citation and Warning System (eCWS) - 2008 Innovation Awards Winner: Software

Indiana Supreme Court / TAG
Electronic Citation and Warning System

Indiana's electronic Citation and Warning System (eCWS) is an easy to use, effective e-citation solution for laptops and handheld computer devices, tied together with Web services and integrated with Indiana's statewide court case management system developed by Tyler Technologies, Inc., called Odyssey. The Judicial Technology and Automation Committee (JTAC) of the Indiana Supreme Court½'s Division of State Court Administration built eCWS in-house and is making the system and its source code available to other governmental agencies for free. eCWS was developed with state and federal grant dollars, using TAG as the software developer.

Using a unique user interface, officers may complete a field stop in less than five minutes. Officers simply scan the offender's license and registration, the application is capable of adding up to four offenses per ticket, and assigning a court date. A combination of citations and warnings can be issued and printed on separate official, designed documents using standard inkjet and thermal printers.

Citations are uploaded to a Web-based Central Repository, where officers, data entry clerks, prosecutors and courts can work on the ticket as soon as the ticket come under the authority of that particular entity. Officers can enter, void and edit tickets. Prosecutors can file cases automatically with Indiana's court case management system (Odyssey), eliminating data errors, and saving countless dollars and administrative time on paper filing and tracking. JTAC worked with all state and local police departments and has already successfully implemented eCWS with several police agencies.

 

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