Scylla and Charybdi

New ‘Odyssey’: Free online court records access coming soon to Fresno

It looks like those who want to get a hold of court records will soon have one less battle to fight in their epic journey through the court system.

According to the Fresno Bee, the city of Fresno will soon implement a new system that will allow the public to search for and print court documents without having to pay a fee.

The so-called “Odyssey” system is lauded as a “one-stop search engine for all types of cases — from family law to criminal to probate to civil,” according to the Fresno Bee. The system replaces two outdated systems: Scylla and Charybdis.

Just kidding.

But wouldn’t it be epic (and maybe/kind of/very appropriate) to name government systems after the two sea monsters from Homer’s “The Odyssey”. If you’ll recall, one was a six-headed sea monster and the other was a dark, whirlpool of death. I’ll let you make your own connections.

The older systems in place were Banner for civil cases and V2 for criminal cases.

Before this new system, the public could only access the V2 system from the courthouses or at the county archives building on E Street. Once the system goes live on Monday, April 13, “it will have every case that was in V2 and Banner,” according to the article.

Source: Fresno County court cases to be searchable from home computers (Fresno Bee)

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