Statewide Case Management System

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.