Tyler Technologies Inc. (NYSE: TYL) signed a $16.8 million contract with the Maine Judicial Branch to implement a unified electronic case management system for all courts and types of legal cases in the state.
The 10-year contract will create a unified e-filing court management system specifically designed to serve judges and clerks that also includes a portal for public access allowing citizens, attorneys and other stakeholders to use web-browsing technology and computers to review cases in any Maine court.
Maine will use the company's "Odyssey File and Serve" case management system, which has been implemented or is being deployed statewide in Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington and serves more than 600 counties with a combined population of 100 million people.
"This contract signing culminates an extensive competitive bid process and lengthy negotiations with Tyler Technologies," said Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley in a Dec. 20 statement announcing the contract. "For 200 years, the Maine Judicial Branch has been a paper-based court system. All case filings, other court documents and orders have been on paper. Utilizing Tyler's Odyssey software, court users will be able to initiate cases and file motions remotely from anywhere in the world, 24-hours a day, every day of the week."
Other benefits identified by Saufley:
"Ultimately we will save thousands of square feet of courthouse space currently used for paper file storage," Saufley said. "The system will also include advanced security measures to protect the integrity of court files and personal data."
Based in Plano, Texas, Tyler Technologies has four offices in Maine and plans to double its current Maine workforce of 584 employees to 1,100 in the next few years.
In its third quarter financial report, Tyler reported total revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 was $194.5 million, up 28.9% from $150.8 million for the third quarter of 2015. The company reported its backlog also reached a new high of $936 million and projected to close the year with GAAP total revenues to be in the range of $755 million to $762 million.
To make room for its burgeoning Maine workforce and meet the demand for its software products, Tyler is spending $27 million to add 94,500 square feet to its Yarmouth location. Its new, four-story building is scheduled to open in early 2018.
"Tyler has a track record of successful projects in 11 other statewide court systems with similar goals," Jeff Puckett, president of Tyler's courts and justice division, said in the company's announcement of the $16.8 million contract. "Maine has entrusted Tyler to make Odyssey a key part of the state's justice foundation and it's a responsibility we take seriously. We plan to help the state create a paperless judiciary and deliver new levels of service and access to justice for everyone in Maine."
Among the services that will be provided under Tyler's judicial software system will be an ePayment function, a statewide jury management system and a unified web portal.
The company said its contract with Maine includes an "evergreen perpetual licensing approach that provides regular and significant, yet manageable, software enhancements without an additional re-licensing fee, ensuring all systems are using the latest technology."
Tyler said the rollout of the new court management system will begin with one pilot court installation, followed by four additional statewide rollout events.
The first region is expected to be completed in 2019, with statewide implementation expected to be completed in 2021.
Once the system is fully implemented, courts in all 16 Maine counties will have access to the same database and will be able to improve data-sharing with other agencies.
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