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County sues judge who blocked software upgrade she opposes

Posted: 2:03 PM, Sep 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-08 14:03:58-04
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MEDINA, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has been asked to intervene after a judge unhappy with Medina (meh-DY’-nuh) County’s plan to install new software for managing court cases blocked the project’s rollout.

Commissioners seek to reverse two orders issued by Domestic Relations Judge Mary Kovack.

One prohibits fees from Kovack’s court from being spent on Plano, Texas-based Tyler Technologies’ Odyssey case management system, a $1.25 million software package. The other prohibits county reserve funds from being used.

In an Aug. 29 filing, commissioners argued the northern Ohio county could be “irreparably harmed.”

The Gazette reports Kovack already said she wouldn’t use the new system. In an email, she told the newspaper it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars.