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City of Kansas City, Mo.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 23, 2010
KC Municipal Court embarks on year-long training program
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court will initiate a comprehensive year-long training program for judges and court employees to ensure that the court’s transition to a new technologically-advanced software system goes smoothly.
Developed by the Regional Justice Information Service (REJIS), this new software – Integrated Metropolitan Docketing System-Plus (IMDS-Plus) and Law Enforcement Inquiry and Entry (LEWeb) – will make it possible for the court to significantly minimize costs while improving performance and efficiencies. The system, which replaces Alert software, will go into effect on Aug. 29, 2011.
“We’ve placed a high priority on training so that we can make a smooth and seamless transition to the new REJIS system,” said Presiding Judge Katherine Bromfield Emke. “The more we can develop proficiencies in the new system, the better we can serve our customers – the people of Kansas City, Missouri.”
The Municipal Court handles 350,000 cases and more than one million visitors each year.
The training will be tailored to the specific needs of each group that will use the new system, which include judges, clerks, bailiffs, probation officers, prosecutors and customer service representatives. The schedule was arranged so that training could be conducted during limited time slots on Friday afternoons while, at the same time, cases could continue to be heard in selected courtrooms. Clerks, bailiffs and certain other employees will be required to pass a certification examination in order to use the new system.
When the REJIS system is activated in 2011, the Court will expand its capabilities through:
a new automated system that supports the paperless flow of information from police officers, who will use a new “e-ticketing” system to issue citations
a new system of case management that will enable Municipal Court judges to increase efficiencies
a new system that make it possible for judges and police to tap into national databases to identify suspects’ criminal records from a variety of sources
Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to John Franklin, acting court administrator, Municipal Court, 816-513-3900.