With Tyler’s Odyssey solution suite, the Choctaw Nation Judicial Branch is in the position to become one of the most efficient tribal court systems in the U.S.
Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL) has been working in partnership with Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma on the creation of a sophisticated new court system for the tribal government that improves access to justice for all its tribal citizens, enables collaboration across the Nation’s justice agencies, and reduces the need for paper files, saving time for tribal members, judges, and attorneys.
“We are extremely proud to be working with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, one of the first tribal nations to incorporate Tyler’s cloud-based solutions into its judicial system,” said Mark Salinas, client success account manager, Tyler Technologies. “This is a very special integration for us because we understand how closely it aligns with the mission and values of Choctaw Nation. Providing a fair and just court system for its tribal members has been the Nation’s top priority throughout this process.”
Among the solutions integrated into the Choctaw Judicial System over the course of 18 months are Odyssey Case Manager™, Odyssey Judge Edition™, Odyssey Attorney Manager™, e-filing, Tyler Jury Manager™, and Odyssey Guide & File™.
With these solutions in place, Choctaw Nation has been able to transition a very manual process, which until recently involved hand delivering court documents, into a more automated system which:
- Reduces dependence on paper files
- Integrates with a special online platform for judges
- Saves time and costs
- Puts documents online for public viewing
- Helps schedule court hearings faster
- Gives Choctaw tribal members improved access to justice by streamlining the judicial process
Improved Access to Justice
One of Choctaw’s main priorities in the overhaul of its judicial system was to provide convenient electronic access to the tribe’s court system for all its citizens. Before the integration of Tyler’s Odyssey solutions, citizens representing themselves in civil cases like divorces, evictions, or small claims had to manually complete the necessary paperwork and file the cases in-person at the courthouse, something often difficult for tribal elders and those living in rural areas.
Tyler’s Odyssey Case Manager, e-filing, and Guide & File software allows tribal members to now access online help to navigate the electronic system and file online, ending the need for paper and in-person filing and the subsequent long lines at the courthouse.
“Tyler understands our history and the importance of ensuring that our tribal members have access to justice and the judicial system,” says Choctaw Nation IT Director John Miller. “Throughout this process, Tyler has served as a true partner, and we are grateful for their guidance and wisdom as we move forward in creating a path to justice for all Choctaw Nation citizens.”
Tyler Technologies awarded the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Judicial Branch with the Tyler Excellence Award in 2020 for the tribal government’s partnership in modernizing and transforming its judicial system through the integration of Tyler’s Odyssey court case management software
Seamless Online Processes for Agencies, Judges, Courts, and Juries
Choctaw’s previous system was an entirely manual process. With 70 arresting agencies, it is a considerable amount of paper, all of which was hand delivered to the prosecutor’s office and manually entered into an online system. From there, someone walked the paperwork to the court clerk’s office. Tyler’s Odyssey solution helps to streamline this process by considerably reducing the need for paper files.
Similarly, other Tyler solutions integrated into Choctaw’s new simplified and streamlined judicial processes include:
- Jury Manager: Helps courts and citizens navigate the jury system and provides answers to juror questions
- Judge Edition: Provides access and control of critical case information right from the bench, eliminating paper documents and providing up-to-date case data
- Attorney Manager: Aids prosecutors and public defenders by organizing and maintaining case data for hearing and trial preparation
“Choctaw’s transition to Tyler’s Odyssey software has put the Choctaw Nation Judicial Branch in the position to be hailed as one of the most efficient tribal court systems in the U.S,” continued Salinas. “Perhaps most importantly, the new system provides tribal members and Oklahoma residents a judicial process that aligns with Choctaw’s core beliefs, respects its citizens and allows their voices to be heard.”
About Tyler Technologies, Inc.
Tyler Technologies (NYSE: TYL) provides integrated software and technology services to the public sector. Tyler's end-to-end solutions empower local, state, and federal government entities to operate more efficiently and connect more transparently with their constituents and with each other. By connecting data and processes across disparate systems, Tyler's solutions are transforming how clients gain actionable insights that solve problems in their communities. Tyler has more than 37,000 successful installations across more than 12,000 locations, with clients in all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and other international locations. Tyler has been named to Government Technology's GovTech 100 list five times and has been recognized three times on Forbes' "Most Innovative Growth Companies" list. More information about Tyler Technologies, an S&P 500 company headquartered in Plano, Texas, can be found at tylertech.com.
.@tylertech has improved access to justice for Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma, tribal members.