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Sacramento Courts Leaving Pilot Management System, Looking to Replace in 2020

Sacramento was one of the pilot courts in the state's centralized case management system, testing its civil and probation divisions on CCMS.

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The Sacramento Superior Court is analyzing its pilot efforts in the state's centralized management system to find a solution for its replacement, which could offer two vendor opportunities.

Sacramento's civil and probate divisions were piloted in the state's centralized case management system (CCMS).

All courts that took part in the pilot receive funding from the state for that pilot system, and all pilot courts will be pulled off the CCMS by 2020, when Sacramento will need a replacement. Sacramento already has funding set aside to build new probate and civil systems, but no contract in place. This portion of the court's case management apps is separate from those contracted at the local level.

Separate from the statewide pilot, the county's overarching contract for all apps related to case management is through Thomson Reuters. The civil and probate systems are not under that contract, making them viable for vendor bids. For more information on vendor opportunities, visit the court's procurement site here.

On the local system, the traffic case management system's modernization will be completed before Jan. 21, according to public information officer Kim Pedersen.

The criminal justice portion is the largest and is integrated with partners outside of the court system that share case information.

The Thomson Reuters system that supports the traffic and criminal justice apps is a commercial off-the-shelf product that will be tested and modified to meet court needs.

The criminal justice portion is set to roll out in 2020 and is funded through the $3 million spent since 2014 to replace locally run case management systems.

The platform that will support family court services is still in its preliminary stages but would not be ready until after 2020.

Sacramento's court apps went down last weekend for a total of 30 hours as a result of a problem between the system's servers. Pedersen told Techwire in an email that "a bug interrupted communications between the court's servers that affected all applications, not just CMS applications."

Kayla Nick-Kearney was a staff writer for Techwire from March 2017 through January 2019.