Vermilion court records offline while circuit clerk switches vendors

Vermilion court records offline while circuit clerk switches vendors

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Circuit Clerk's Office is asking residents to be patient for another week or so it switches to a new system for online court records, which haven't been updated since Dec. 28.

The county is switching from a vendor that put records on to one called JANO. That's the same system Champaign County uses, with records available via a link on the circuit clerk's website.

Chief Deputy Circuit Clerk Melissa Quick said the change is a year in the making and the new system went live internally Jan. 2. But until the public-access portion goes live, those who need to view records will have to stop by the office in Danville.

"Our old vendor had their own system that was designed for courts, as well as our new vendor," Quick said. "Merging those two systems to be able to transfer the data was a task. Once we got that taken care of, we spent time exporting all of the data into the new system over the course of a weekend."

Quick said JANO is much more integrated, with county and city offices, like Danville police, being able to view the information.

Circuit Clerk Denny Gardner said the upgrade, for all affected offices, cost around $970,000. He said payments are being spread out over five years, and no tax dollars are being used.

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