Wisconsin's District Attorney Information Technology (DA IT) Program was established in 1996 with the task to automate and link state prosecutor (AKA District Attorney) offices and to bridge information gaps within the larger justice community.
From inception, participation in this program has been strictly voluntary, yet one by one each of Wisconsin’s 71 DA offices have joined, making Wisconsin one of few states in the nation where all state prosecutor offices enjoy standardized hardware, software and a state-standard case management system.
With guidance from the Wisconsin District Attorney Association (the WDAA), DA IT provides state prosecutors and their support staff (approx 1300 customer users) with the following etools and services:
First, DA IT technicians work with the DA office and their county IT to move them from their existing county-level network to the DA Network, which provides the office with:
- A local area network
- Connectivity to a state-wide area network
- Secure email
- High speed internet connectivity
- Fully supported and standardized hardware and software.
- Laptops for prosecutors
- Remote access to any DA IT-provided service, allowing attorneys to access case information from the courtroom or anywhere internet access is available.
Next, DA IT analysts work closely with the office to transition them from any existing case management systems to PROTECT (PROsecutor TEchnology for Case Tracking) the case management system (CMS) created and maintained by DA IT. This may include assistance with a data conversion from a legacy system.
PROTECT provides each office with:
Comprehensive case-tracking to manage people and case information
On-going up-to-date statute and penalty information
Automated generation of court documents
Real-time court calendar and hearing information
- The ability to query any other PROTECT database to see charge and person information referred to peer DA offices, which may not have been prosecuted and is not public record.
Through on-going collaborative work between DA IT and various justice partners, interfaces between PROTECT and other Wisconsin justice systems save time, dollars and reduce duplicitous and potentially erroneous end-user data entry at each point in the progression of a case from the time it is referred to a DA office to its final court disposition.
For all DA IT services, full service customer support is provided by dedicated help desk specialists and network technicians. And DA business analysts provide on-going training and consulting.