Highest court in the land selects Optevia for case management
The UK Supreme Court (UKSC) and the Judicial Court of the Privy Council (JCPC) have selected Microsoft Dynamics CRM in the cloud from public sector CRM specialist Optevia. Dynamics CRM Online is being used as the core case management system across both courts and is currently in a beta test with an integrated electronic case management system.
The Optevia case management system provides access to case files, auditing, and details of appeals at the point of need. The medium term goal is for Dynamics CRM to be fully integrated to the UKSC and JCPC websites, enabling real-time information about cases to be made available to the public without the need for manual intervention by Court staff. In the future, Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and other public correspondence will be stored on Dynamics CRM.
The Optevia solution was procured via the G-cloud framework and chosen to replace a less flexible case management system introduced before the Court opened in 2009.
Paul Brigland, Head of ICT Services & Departmental Records Officer at the Supreme Court, explains: “Between 2009 and 2013 our IT infrastructure and the applications running on it were not fully fit for purpose. Our case management system was designed with much larger caseloads in mind, meaning that basic tasks could prove very time consuming. The system could also be very slow, many due to our server environment, which also impacted on remote access.”
UKSC and JCPC selected Dynamics CRM from Optevia because it is a system that can be self managed and developed by its own in-house IT team. It enables the UKSC and JCPC to add new functionality as and when needed, at a fraction of the cost of the previous supplier.
Paul continues: “Dynamics CRM for us was all about agility and flexibility – being able to interrogate the system for reporting purposes and develop the system according to our future requirements was crucial”.
“Additionally, the Court’s Justices need access to the case management system remotely – whether working out of their home office, abroad in international courts – which they are sometimes required to do – or even on their smartphone ensuring they have the information they require about individual cases at the point of need.”
Tim Vernon, Managing Director, Optevia, comments: “UKSC and JCPC are a flagship for other judicial systems around the world and are frequently visited by international judicial services to review best IT practice. This project is one of the most innovative undertaken by any judicial system anywhere to date and it demonstrates all too well Optevia’s ability to harness the flexibility of Dynamics CRM for Public Sector case management.”
In October 2009, The Supreme Court replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords as the highest court in the United Kingdom. The Court hears appeals on arguable points of law of the greatest public importance, for the whole of the United Kingdom in civil cases, and for England, Wales and Northern Ireland in criminal cases. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is the court of final appeal for UK overseas territories and Crown dependencies, and for those Commonwealth countries that have retained the appeal to Her Majesty in Council or, in the case of Republics, to the Judicial Committee. In total, the UKSC and JCPC hear around 130 appeals every year, and make determinations on a further 200 or so written applications. The two bodies are based in the former Middlesex Guildhall, on the western side of Parliament Square.