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Cook County Public Defender’s Office gets new case management system

The Cook County Public Defender’s Office will be getting a new $2.3 million case management system that aims to improve the handling of casework.

The new system, provided by Journal Technologies, will help with case initiation, subpoena management, investigations, case scheduling, managing expert witnesses and dispositions, according to a statement from Cook County Press Office.

The system is designed to be easily reconfigured, which will allow it to support future needs and work well with other systems, and it will work on desktops, laptops, tablets and phones, according to the statement. Provided by Journal Technologies, the system is already used by more than 400 governmental agencies nationwide.

The $2.3 million purchase was approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners in this month’s meeting, according to the statement.

“We want to make sure assistant public defenders can effectively manage their case loads as well as ensure that case information is stored electronically in a secured environment,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in the statement. “This new system will also generate important information that will allow better office efficiency and attorney assignments.”