Go to JIS Summary and Background Information
The Judicial Inquiry System (JIS) is a technology initiative by the State Courts which offers the Judiciary and other criminal justice entities access to a streamlined dashboard in which a user may query multiple data sources through a single point of entry. The JIS consists of two distinct applications: The JIS Search through which individual queries are performed, and the JLA First Appearance Calendar which creates an automated docket of merged data source responses for arrestees in each county every day. The JIS does not warehouse any information, but instead provides only the mechanism through which users may query current data, allowing each source to retain control over individual database content. The system is constantly evolving to accommodate the current and future needs of the Courts.
The JIS accesses many criminal justice data sources providing the following information:
- FCIC and NCIC criminal histories
- Hotfiles (Warrants, Injunctions, Probation Status, Risk Alerts – HRSO, VFOSC, Sex Offender, Career Offender, Immigration Violator, etc.) found in both FCIC/NCIC
- Florida Driver and Vehicle Information via DHSMV’s DAVID system
- Out of State Driver Histories via NCIC
- Current incarceration information from Justice Exchange via APPRISS
- Inmate Database and Supervision statuses from the Department of Corrections
- Juvenile Arrest and Disposition information via Department of Juvenile Justice
- Progress dockets and case statuses via the Clerks of Court system CCIS
In addition to the above accessible sources, there are expansion plans for the JIS to include information from the Department of Children and Families, Vital Statistics and Department of Revenue.
The Judicial Inquiry System makes available to the Judiciary and other criminal justice agencies more comprehensive information regarding criminal history, driver history and court case progress. The JIS dramatically reduces the time required to secure search results from days to minutes, and in most cases, eliminates the need for third party assistance. Through the use of advanced ERI technology, the Florida Judicial System, and JIS users benefit from a solution that provides single-point access to critical information from across a variety of state agencies, enabling a more complete picture of an individual.
The JLA First Appearance Calendar is available to Judges on the bench, and via internet access, so all participants, including the State Attorney, Public Defender, Pre-Trial staff and Sheriff, now have the ability to access the automated merged records produced for current arrestees. The greater accuracy of information pulled from multiple sources enables Judges to make time-critical decisions.
At present, almost 4,000 users statewide utilize the Judicial Inquiry System. The users represent every facet of the criminal justice system from Judges and Judicial Support Staff, to State Attorneys, Public Defenders, Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, and Clerks of Court.
Each user is assigned a unique profile, allowing them to search databases specific to their needs and rights of access based upon statute, local rules and agency protocol. Because the system is very user friendly, minimal training is required to get employees familiar with the system and making inquiries immediately.