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Avenu Launches Platform to Integrate Apps for Courts

The platform will offer courts the ability to bring together different functions such as mobile jury check-in, digital document access and online subscriptions to case files into a single portal.

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Avenu Insights & Analytics, a relatively new gov tech company with footholds in software such as licensing and permitting, local tax collection and unclaimed property, is launching a platform for integrating court applications in an effort to make itself a one-stop shop for many justice functions.

The Clearview Justice Portal will integrate Avenu’s existing justice applications — which allows courthouses to offer things like digital document access for lawyers, mobile questionnaires and check-ins for jurors and online access to case files — with third-party apps as well, according to a press release.

“Jury service today is difficult, time-consuming and labor-intensive,” said Keith Ellery, Avenu’s justice solutions business unit owner, in the statement. “With CJP, we’re able to use digital and automation technology to make jury service simpler and more convenient than ever before. We think that’s a win-win for the courts and the broader public.”

The platform plugin-based architecture means courts could use it to pull together applications in such a way that various stakeholders in the court system — lawyers, jurors, administrative staff and businesses — could all use the same portal to conduct their business.

The move is reminiscent of two recent trends in gov tech. First, many gov tech companies have sought to either launch platforms or create high levels of integration between their applications and those from other entities. Ideally, that means more seamless information access between systems and therefore less duplication of efforts.

Second, the offering of mobile services has become more and more common over time, with governments releasing everything from 311 apps to texting chatbots. The company billed the ability to check in via mobile phone as a helpful way to maintain social distancing in the justice process.

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.
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