Miami-Dade County, FL (October 11,2007) -- During a press conference on October 10, 2007, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Police Chiefs and Court Administrators announced the implementation of Orion Communication’s CourtNotify Subpoena Management System for Miami-Dade County’s justice system. The new electronic notification system will be known throughout Miami-Dade County’s justice system as e-Notify.
“This has been a joint effort over the past few years. Miami-Dade sponsored the implementation of the e-Notify system to benefit all law enforcement agencies and ultimately the citizens,” said Commissioner Heyman. “The results are, Police Departments getting prompt notifications, Police Officers remaining on the streets and taxpayers saving a lot of money.”
Since Miami-Dade was created in 1957, the County has been distributing subpoena notifications manually, a very costly and labor intensive process. In an average month, a staggering 40,000 subpoenas are printed, manually sorted and couriers deliver covering 2,000 miles throughout the county to police departments in every jurisdiction.
“E-notify, the new process announced October 10, enables the Courts to increase police agency attendance, improve efficiencies and accountability across multiple departments, agencies and jurisdictions,” added Commissioner Heyman. “No more manual process and courier delivery for the 40,000+ subpoenas each month.” During the first day of e-Notify implementation 1800 notifications were transmitted.
“This program will be a huge assistance to our cases,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “E-notify will help us coordinate our schedules and help us be more efficient in processing our cases.”
The anticipated savings to Miami-Dade County is over $1Million annually and there will be significant savings to all cities based on their subpoena volume. Additionally, e-Notify will save thousands of man-power hours and allow departments to redirect resources to increase public safety. The system automatically notifies law enforcement witnesses about subpoenas and other court proceedings. This new process will increase efficiency in court services, monitor law enforcement court-related overtime expenses, and enhance communication among court and law enforcement agencies.