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Vermont Courts Begin Rollout Of Electronic Records System

A timeline showing the rollout of the new Vermont Judiciary case management system. It begins in 2019 and doesn't complete until 2021.
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Vermont Judiciary's "next generation court case management system" will be rolled out over the next year and a half.

The Vermont Judiciary has begun rolling out its new electronic records system. It will provide court employees, plaintiffs, defendants and other parties access to Vermont court records through an online interface.

The rollout began this month with online access to cases in traffic court.

"There is a public portal running already from the new system where you can look at basic case information," said Jeff Loewer, chief information officer for the courts.

The online interface will provide limited information to the general public, Loewer said, while additional information will be available at a kiosk inside each Vermont courthouse.

"The system will mimic what you'd be able to see over the counter in a courthouse. If you could go up and ask for a file, you can see that [file] at a kiosk," Loewer explained.

One improvement with this new system will be regional integration. Under the current system, case records are kept only in the jurisdiction in which they are assigned. The online interface and courthouse kiosks will allow viewers to access case records across all Vermont jurisdictions from a single location.

The technology will go live one region at a time over the next year and a half.

Emily Corwin reported investigative stories for VPR until August 2020. In 2019, Emily was part of a two-newsroom team which revealed that patterns of inadequate care at Vermont's eldercare facilities had led to indignities, injuries, and deaths. The consequent series, "Worse for Care," won a national Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting, and placed second for a 2019 IRE Award. Her work editing VPR's podcast JOLTED, about an averted school shooting, and reporting NHPR's podcast Supervision, about one man's transition home from prison, made her a finalist for a Livingston Award in 2019 and 2020. Emily was also a regular reporter and producer on Brave Little State, helping the podcast earn a National Edward R. Murrow Award for its work in 2020. When she's not working, she enjoys cross country skiing and biking.
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