The JUSTICE system connects all of the Trial Courts in Nebraska. The County and District Courts share an IBM iSeries mid-range computer in each courthouse. Those computers are networked back to Lincoln via private line or private Internet Protocol (IP) connections. Network support, equipment installation and hardware support are provided by the State of Nebraska's Office of the CIO, Network Systems, and Intergovernmental Data Services.
JUSTICE provides software applications for case management and financial record keeping for the trial courts. JUSTICE produces a variety of court documents including warrants, summons, commitments, garnishments, executions, etc. There are also a wide variety of statistical reports generated for supervisors and judges. JUSTICE is designed to include applications that relate collectively and individually to Civil, Civil-Domestic Relations, Criminal, Juvenile, Small Claims, Traffic, Probate and Adoption cases.
JUSTICE records are transmitted electronically to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Nebraska Crime Commission. Electronic interfaces between Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) and JUSTICE are in place in Douglas and Lancaster Counties; other counties are installing Case Management Systems (CMS) that also interface with JUSTICE. JUSTICE also interfaces with the State of Nebraska Health and Human Services agency’s CHARTS (Children Have A Right To Support) application.
The JUSTICE Help Desk is comprised of seven Business Analysts (BA’s) who provide assistance 8.5 hours per business day. The BA’s assist courts with problems the courts might be experiencing with data entry, financial adjustments, statistical reporting, etc. They provide “hands-on” training to all court employees, create and update Procedural Manuals, and provide testing of new or updated JUSTICE programs. All of the BA’s have experience in court service.
The technical side of JUSTICE is operated with four contract Technical Analysts (TA’s). The TA’s maintain JUSTICE’s existing programs and develop new applications based on direction of the JUSTICE Automation Advisory Committee (County
). The Advisory Committee meets quarterly to assist in reviewing and prioritizing changes, updates and new programs for JUSTICE. The Advisory Committee is made up of a Justice of the Supreme Court, seven Trial Court Judges, three Clerks of the District Court, and three Clerk Magistrates.