In 1985, the Supreme Court's Operating Rule 1 authorized the development of a statewide judicial information system to provide statistical and management information to the state's courts. This role expanded greatly in 1994, with the enactment of Missouri Revised Statutes section 476.055, establishing a statewide court automation project to be funded with a $7 per-case court fee and overseen by a Missouri Court Automation (MCA) Committee. The committee's primary role is to establish and oversee the services and activities necessary to systematically plan and build an electronic network and collection of application solutions connecting courts across Missouri.
Titled Missouri Court Automation, and generally referred to as Statewide Court Automation, the objectives include the following:
- A sophisticated and integrated justice system with great potential for improvement in the provision of services.
- An integrated court system that renders geography largely irrelevant and presents a modern justice system with reduced costs to the litigant and taxpayer, with greater efficiency, wider access and enhanced accountability.
- A system that takes advantage of new technologies to improve the day-to-day operations of the courts.
- Timeliness in processing of cases without sacrificing the quality of justice.
- Economies of scale and efficiencies within the judiciary by utilizing similar facilities statewide based on standards for hardware, software and common data definitions
- Facility selections which will be viable solutions for long-term implementation and low lifecycle cost.
- Compatibility or ability to interface electronically with other state and local systems and networks.
The MCA Committee has established standards for the Statewide Court Automation Project. They are available in Adobe Acrobat format.
Missouri Juvenile Justice Information System (MOJJIS)
Since 1998, the Missouri Juvenile Justice Information System Task Team has worked to develop an information sharing system between the Office of State Courts Administrator, the juvenile and family court divisions of the circuit courts, and the departments of social services, mental health, elementary and secondary education, and health and senior services. The Juvenile Information Governance Commission was created by the legislature in 2001. The commission is responsible for authorizing categories of information to be shared between executive agencies and juvenile and family divisions of the circuit court.
The task team has worked to create a secure electronic process that enables multiple state agencies responsible for services to delinquent and abused/neglected youth to share information and coordinate services. The long-term goal of the endeavor is to improve the assessment, intervention, and tracking of juveniles across agency boundaries throughout the state in order to reduce duplicate services and provide more appropriate treatment/services during a child’s contact with one of the above named agencies.