New court case management system on horizon for Kane

GENEVA – The group working to select a new court case management system for Kane County expects to soon ask the County Board for approval of its preferred vendor.

Tuesday, Kane County Judge F. Keith Brown and Chief Information Officer Roger Fahnestock told the Committee of the Whole that the next steps in the process include contract negotiations with Tyler Technologies, a publicly traded company whose court software is used throughout the country.

The County Board should vote on it in May or June, Brown said.

“We’re purchasing a product I know will be here 10 years from now, 20 years from now,” he said.

Kane County officials for years have discussed improving the county’s courts-related computer software to allow the various offices serving the courts to better share the documents that circulate whenever a person is charged with a crime or files suit.

Chief Judge Judith Brawka voiced her support of the new system.

“The public demands that we have all the technology that they are capable of using,” she said. “We are very committed to making this a good investment for the people of Kane County.”

Board member Drew Frasz, R-Elburn, participated in site visits during the selection process and said he is “fully on board” with recommending Tyler Technologies. Those who use its system said it saves them hours each day, he said.

Fahnestock said the selection was a culmination of many people’s efforts. He told board members to exercise patience, however, as implementation is expected to be an 18-month project.

“This won’t happen overnight,” Fahnestock said.

Brown said costs should be known after negotiations are finished. The original estimated cost was about $12.6 million.

“I’m pleased to say we’re going to be under budget [from] that initial amount,” Brown said.

The proposed budgets for fiscal years 2014 to 2018 add up to just under $10 million, according to numbers he presented.