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Tyler Technologies Announces National Winners of the 2015 Tyler Public Sector Excellence Awards for Odyssey Courts & Justice Solution

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Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL) announced the national recipients of its 2015 Tyler Public Sector Excellence Awards for the Odyssey(R) courts and justice solution at its national user conference, Connect, in Atlanta. Peoria County, Illinois, the state of North Dakota, Washtenaw County, Michigan, and the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan were awarded for increasing efficiencies, improving access to justice and moving toward a paperless environment by implementing Odyssey.

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Bruce Graham, president of Tyler's Courts & Justice Division, presents a Tyler Excellence Award to P

Bruce Graham, president of Tyler’s Courts & Justice Division, presents a Tyler Excellence Award to Peoria County Business Operations Manager Tom Seckler. (Photo: Business Wire)

Tyler’s Excellence Awards for Odyssey recognize organizations that demonstrate excellence in deploying Odyssey in novel and impactful ways that extend best practices. Award submissions were evaluated by a panel of Tyler leadership and entries were judged on business value, maturity, innovation and relevance to other public sector organizations. Additional criteria met by award winners includes:

  • Creating a unique process that utilizes a Tyler application
  • Realizing significant savings after implementing a Tyler product
  • Increasing staff productivity by implementing a Tyler product
  • Empowering employees, citizens or vendors

Peoria County, Illinois, deployed Odyssey’s integrated case management system in 18 months and enabled instant access to case information for court staff and the public. The county also made it easier to import traffic citations issued by the city of Peoria, the largest municipality within the jurisdiction. Peoria County is at the center of a multiple county region along the Illinois River, midway between Chicago and St. Louis, and has a population of 182,500.

North Dakota’s courts used Odyssey to streamline processes to manage complex cases, including asbestos cases. The enhanced process decreased the length of time to settle civil litigation cases from years to months. The court system also evolved Odyssey’s document management capabilities, saving staff hours and reducing court costs.

Washtenaw County, Michigan, rapidly deployed Odyssey for all case types, implementing multiple courts in one year. The county eliminated paper files by scanning all case documents and shredding paper files after 60 days. Washtenaw increased case file accessibility, creating access anywhere in the courthouse, and providing online access to the public and attorneys. Washtenaw County, with a population of 354,000, is located in southeast Michigan and is home to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan.

The Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan moved four separate systems onto a single integrated Odyssey platform for criminal, civil, family and juvenile courts, and implemented e-filing, which resulted in an increase in case filings processed to more than 300,000 per year. The Third Judicial Circuit also became an early adopter of Odyssey Guide & FileTM, an online portal that provides self-service access for self-represented litigants, and used new technology to continuously improve processes to achieve an electronic courtroom.

Odyssey’s Tyler Excellence Award national winners were honored on May 4 at the Connect 2015 user conference in Atlanta, where they were presented with the award and given the opportunity to share their best practices and lessons learned with their public sector peers.

Oregon Fourth Judicial District, Clark County District Court, Nevada, and Florida’s Lee County and Miami-Dade County were all recognized as Tyler Excellence Award finalists for their successes. Oregon Fourth Judicial District improved access to justice and increased operational efficiency in Multnomah County; Clark County’s District Clerk’s Office implemented mandatory e-filing and decreased service times; Lee County, part of Tyler’s Early Adopter Program, was the first to implement Odyssey 2014 and shared its knowledge and documented processes with other Florida counties; and Miami-Dade County implemented Odyssey Batch ScanningTM in less than four months to meet the state mandated timeframe for civil operations to be fully electronic.

“We are pleased to publicly recognize innovative clients that serve as thought leaders for other courts. These clients are continuously finding ways to improve their court systems, and use Odyssey to create efficiencies and improve access to justice,” said Bruce Graham, president of Tyler’s Courts & Justice Division. “We thank all of our Excellence Award participants for sharing their successes. Congratulations to the national winners and finalists of Odyssey’s Tyler Excellence Awards.”

About Tyler Technologies, Inc.

Tyler Technologies (NYSE:TYL) is a leading provider of end-to-end information management solutions and services for local governments. Tyler partners with clients to empower the public sector – cities, counties, schools and other government entities – to become more efficient, more accessible and more responsive to the needs of citizens. Tyler’s client base includes more than 13,000 local government offices in all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and other international locations. Forbes has named Tyler one of “America’s Best Small Companies” eight times and the company has been included six times on the Barron’s 400 Index, a measure of the most promising companies in America. More information about Plano-based Tyler Technologies can be found at www.tylertech.com.

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