Chief Justice Lawton Nuss of the Kansas Supreme Court reappointed members, including Christine Blake, clerk of the district court in Finney County of the 25th Judicial District, to the eCourt Steering Committee.

The committee is overseeing implementation of a centralized case management system that will allow all district and appellate case data to reside on a single web-based platform, transforming the way state courts serve Kansans.

Installation of the centralized case management system is a key component in the Kansas Supreme Court's eCourt plan, according to a press release, and it will complete the conversion from local, paper-driven processes to a statewide electronic one.

The conversion to the centralized case management system is expected to take three to four years. Once the system is designed and completed, it will be launched in a phased rollout, beginning next year.

The judicial branch entered into an $11.5 million contract with Tyler Technologies of Plano, Texas, to customize and use its Odyssey Case Manager™ system.

The 2014 Legislature established the Electronic Filing and Case Management Fund with deposits from docket fees dedicated to finalizing the efiling project and implementing centralized case management under the Supreme Court's eCourt plan. By statute, each year through fiscal year 2021, the first $3.1 million received in docket fee revenue will be deposited into that fund. In fiscal year 2022 and later years, the first $1.5 million in docket fee revenue is directed into the fund for eCourt maintenance.