In Geauga County, Ohio, the dream of going paperless began about five years ago and was finally realized—in very short order—when the court needed to start functioning remotely during the pandemic.
Over a single weekend, their IT department used their existing CourtView infrastructure plus WebEx and a lot of ingenuity, and they managed to get online hearings up and running, efiling available for filings that had previously been on paper, and over 50% of their court staff working remotely.
“The vision we had 5 years ago really saved us a lot of pain today,” said Debbie Urankar, IT officer, Geauga County Court of Common Pleas. “We’re following the guidelines the Supreme Court set out as far as not hosting any hearings that aren’t considered mandatory reported hearings, but everything we can do legally, we’re absolutely doing. We’re fully operational.”
Check out Geauga County’s checklist for moving court operations online during a crisis.