June 27, 2016

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Court system to be upgraded

Medina County Clerk of Courts David Wadsworth is aiming to have a new electronic case management system up and running by the end of the year.

Wadsworth said the new computerized system through Virginia-based American Cadastre will upgrade the county’s computerized system for management of cases, online documents and court costs. The new system will cost $242,286, but Wadsworth said taxpayers will not bear the cost.

“We funded this project only through auto title fees, saving Medina County taxpayers from having to fund this critical project with general fund taxes,” he said.

“We’re hoping the new system can be implemented by end of the year,” he said.

Wadsworth said there was no question the upgrade was needed.

“The contract for the current database system was signed in 1991, so we are certainly due for a new one,” Wadsworth said. “Our new case management system will improve service to the public, the Bar (Association) and the court.”

Some new software already is being used on the court’s website for public access to cases.

Wadsworth said the new system will improve office efficiency by processing court records through a virtually paperless electronic filing program.

The system, once completely implemented, also will allow for payment of fees and court costs with credit cards and the electronic service of court documents for both the court staff and Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the reasons Wadsworth chose the American Cadastre system was because the Ohio Supreme Court adopted the software three years ago.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.