Franklin County, WA Judges Suing County Clerk Over Odyssey System

On March 21st, 2018, the seven Judges of the Franklin County Superior Court filed suit against the Franklin County Clerk, Mike Killian, over issues related to the adoption of the Odyssey Case Management System. An article from the Tri-City Herald on March 21st reads, in part:

“When the office went to a new electronic records management system in November 2015, Clerk Mike Killian decided he would start reducing the paper files with the ultimate goal of going paperless.

Killian maintained physical folders for all cases through last year, but told Benton-Franklin Superior Court administrators that would end Jan. 2.

That decision didn’t sit well with the court’s seven judges.

. . .

The lawsuit — an unprecedented action with the Tri-City’s bicounty system — claims the elected clerk is refusing to follow the court’s direction and an emergency local rule adopted Jan. 16.

The judges want another judicial officer to force Killian’s “obedience” with regards to maintaining paper files, and order him to refund their legal costs.

“The superior court has power to control, in furtherance of justice, the conduct of its ministerial officers, such as county clerks,” according to a motion for a writ of mandamus, attached to the lawsuit.

The motion is based on a four-page declaration by Superior Court Judge Bruce Spanner. He said he was authorized by his colleagues in 2017 to work with Killian “to develop those (workflow) processes and integrate them with the pending paperless system.”

Killian said the civil action arises out of a difference of opinion over a clerk’s office process.”

To read the full article, click this link: Superior Court judges sue Franklin County clerk over going paperless

We will be following this story as it develops. If you have any questions about how we have integrated the Odyssey System into our services, or have any other questions about CourtTrax, please contact us at or give us a call: 866-643-7084 (Option 3).

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