New Circuit Clerk Website Provides Greater Access
Following through on her three campaign pillars of Accessibility, Technology and Customer Service, Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman today launched her department's new website champaigncircuitclerk.org. “After more than a year’s worth of work, user surveys, focus groups, and usability testing, we are finally ready to launch!” As one of the most visited sites in county government, it was important that the site bring together information that helps citizens find the critical information they need regarding the court system. The site was designed by local Urbana design firm Pixo and incorporates changes at every level. The new website has been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access detailed court case information, as well as resources for those who choose to represent themselves in court. The site also translates into 103 languages, and is ADA compliant, providing access to users with visual impairments.
Champaign County has the distinction of being the first county in the state to be fully integrated with the Illinois Supreme Court's new statewide eFiling system. The Circuit Clerk stated "When I was elected Circuit Clerk, I promised to make Champaign County a pioneer in technology and to improve access to the courts for all residents. I am proud that today we stand as a leader in both of these fields."
The Champaign County Circuit Clerk’s Office has a long history of providing free access to public court records. It the first in the state to provide court case information on the web, in 1994. This service was created by J.T. Smith and Associates, based in Philo IL. The new public access portal was developed by JANO Justice Systems, which will allow users to view changes to the record in real time. The new system also allows users to print docket sheets and fines and fees information, as well as customize their view of court calendar dates.
One of the most exciting changes involves very convenient new payment options, including the ability to enter a plea of guilty for minor traffic cases. This will allow traffic defendants to plead and pay online, all in one step. Pleas of guilty are restricted to cases that do not require a court appearance, but payments may be made in any criminal or traffic case.
"The site was extensively tested with focus groups to ensure it was ready to go on day one. I am proud of the work of the design team and the many local residents who provided input into the site development." The site is officially online on August 10th.
Visit the website at http://champaigncircuitclerk.org/