Allen Superior Court has capitalized on an existing investment in technology to make communicating with its employees more immediate and more efficient.
In partnership with Judicial Systems, Inc., Superior Court recently enhanced its jury management software system to create an emergency alert system for Court employees. The jury management system already had an existing texting component that allowed prospective jurors to ask questions, seek directions and receive reminders of their reporting dates.
"Like any large employer, Superior Court needs to be able to communicate with its employees quickly and directly when the unexpected happens," said Judge Frances C. Gull. "By adding this resource to an existing technology investment, we’ve created an essential capability without additional cost to the Court."
The new texting capability will complement traditional alerts distributed via news media, as well as Allen County’s Nixle email and text service, to provide employees with notice of specific court issues.
Judge Gull and selected administrative staff will be able to text all court employees, rapidly disseminating news regarding emergency closings, program cancellations, safety related issues and other urgent updates.
Addition of the emergency alert function is the latest step in the evolution of a system that is already a state and national leader in jury management systems. Known as Jury2015 Plus Suite, the overall jury management software application provides an online tool kit for helping citizens fulfill their jury duty obligation.
Judicial Systems, Inc., of Tyler, Texas, has been the Court’s jury duty system vendor since 2002.