FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Judge Jay Meyer | Phone: 419-447-4912
Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Court Receives $105K in Grant Funding from Ohio Supreme Court
[Tiffin, OH – June 26, 2023] — Judge Jay Meyer and the Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Court are proud to announce receipt of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s 2023 Technology Grant in the amount of $105,522.00.
“Through enhanced technology, our courts can serve the public more securely, efficiently, and transparently,” said Chief Justice Sharon L. Kennedy. “Whether the grant involves security systems in a courthouse or facilitates an implementation of e-filing, we trust that our grants will improve access to justice for all Ohioans.”
The Juvenile and Probate Court will use the grant funding to support a much-needed upgrade to their Case Management System and to modernize their operations and improve public access to Court services. The new Case Management System will provide both Courts with the ability to utilize E-filing, electronic signature and automated billing capabilities, as well as increase the Courts’ operational efficiencies by offering a faster user-interface, rapid transition between case types and a reduction in Clerk input duplication. The upgrade will also feature customer service improvements in the form of online payment options, online marriage applications and text message notifications. All these features will result in heightened security, higher productivity and an overall improved experience for our community.
“We are so honored and grateful to the Supreme Court of Ohio for awarding the Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Court such a significant grant to support a technology upgrade in both Courts,” Meyer said. “I am confident that these much-needed improvements will help us better serve our community and increase their access to our services. We will be good stewards of these funds and ensure that they are used in the most efficient and effective way possible. My Court team will work hard to ensure that we implement these new tools and capabilities as swiftly as possible so that our community can experience the fast and convenient access to our Courts that they deserve.”
The Juvenile and Probate Court will begin implementing these improvements right away and anticipate project completion, installation, operation and active use within twelve months.
This year, the Supreme Court of Ohio is awarding $2.9 million to 42 local court projects for technology systems or upgrades. The projects range from electronic dockets to security systems.
The initial cost of a major technology upgrade can require a significant investment. That’s where the Supreme Court grants help. The annual grants are available to any court of appeals, common pleas, municipal or county court. Applications are reviewed and awarded on a competitive basis.
A full list of grant recipients can be found online at: https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/grants/.