Oracle has won a $6.6 million deal to implement a new case management system for the Family Court of Australia with partner Justis Systems Technology.
The system replaces the Court's 10-year-old legacy operation with an Oracle database and application tools that will combine a myriad of data input and output mediums such as paper and diary entries.
Selected in a competitive tender process, Oracle and Justis offered the Family Court technological scope and previous experience with complex legal systems as proven by the partnership's implementation of the Western Australian Ministry of Justice management system. "The Family Court wanted an information management infrastructure but were interested in leapfrogging technology and embracing the contemporary Web," according to Grant Dreghorn, general manager, Federal Government division, Oracle.
With such sensitive data stored on the system, security was another serious concern for the Court, which considered Oracle and Justis' solution the most conscientious in this regard.
The future capacity of the system was also a selection criterion, with the Family Court eventually intending to develop electronic file initiatives based on the initial infrastructure. "The Court has the intention of expanding its current IT capabilities to include such things as remote access. Oracle is now in a good position to establish a long-term relationship," Dreghorn said.
Justis will partner as a service provider, based on its previous experience in the legal vertical market space. "Justis will provide a not insignificant part of the services component of this deal," said Dreghorn. "They have worked with the WA Ministry of Justice and understand how to develop workflow and data management solutions for this market," he explained. Justis is also "skilled in Oracle developer environments", and has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Oracle. "We formed a partnership with Justis some time ago but this formalises things and gives us a number of opportunities here and internationally in this market," he added.
The new system will take around 18 months to implement through the design, development and deployment stages and will span 23 regions. Oracle and Justis are also responsible for the training of the 900 Family Court employees.