17th Judicial District Court Transforms its Criminal Courtroom with aiSmartBench
The Criminal Court of 17th Judicial District Court, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana is now in ‘Live’ mode with aiSmartBench. The 17th JDC has original jurisdiction over civil, criminal, domestic and juvenile matters. They are the exclusive original jurisdiction of felony cases and of most cases involving property.
On May 20, 2014, following receipt of grant funding from the Louisiana Supreme Court, the 17th JDC received delivery of Phase 1 of the Mentis electronic bench solution, aiSmartBench. Phase 2 of this implementation will include the civil court and is slated for delivery in Q3 2014.
John E. LeBlanc, Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial District Court says, “For years I searched for a way to make our court more efficient in case processing. aiSmartBench has provided this transformation. This dashboard technology puts my entire docket at my fingertips without having to manipulate the physical paper filings of the Clerk’s office. The staff is happy because they no longer have to pull records and transport them back and forth. Other court personnel are happy because they are not being interrupted by my desire/need for more information. My fellow judges are anxiously waiting for Phase 2 of this implementation so that they too can take advantage of the speed and efficiency to adjudicate their cases.
“aiSmartBench is built on the powerful Mentis technology platform,” says Leo LaCascia, Founder and President of Mentis Technology Solutions. “Mentis is excited to see aiSmartBench so enthusiastically embraced by Judge LeBlanc in validating the efficiencies that are possible with an electronic bench. We appreciate the vision and foresight of the Louisiana Supreme Court in sponsoring this initiative. We believe Lafourche is pioneering a path for the rest of Louisiana Courts to become more effective and efficient. This initiative affirms Mentis’ unique approach to develop a system that is judge-centric, focused on ease-of-use and efficient courtroom processes.”