PONTOTOC, Mississippi — Three Rivers Planning & Development District in conjunction with Mississippi State University’s National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (NSPARC) launched the County Records Management System (CRMS) online today for the circuit, county and chancery courts of Lee County, Mississippi.
CRMS is the computerized document filing system that the chancery and circuit clerks use to electronically file all land and court records that come into the county. It handles all land records such as deeds, deeds of trust, power of attorneys, etc., as well as court cases such as estates, probates and divorces on the chancery side, and civil and criminal cases on the circuit side. Boards of Supervisors minutes can also be recorded in the same manner on this system. These records are uploaded into the system and indexed so they can be searched in the record rooms at the county courthouse. This system also allows the records to be backed up by the county to an additional server in case of hardware failure and is also replicated
to Three Rivers Data Center in Tupelo in case of a disaster. CRMS leverages open source technologies that allows for conversion, support, training and maintenance at a fraction of the cost of applications built on proprietary technologies. Three Rivers and MSU have both made substantial investments in the CRMS project.
Judge Jacqueline Mask of the First Chancery District of Mississippi commented, “Three Rivers is to be commended for their diligent and tireless work to provide CRMS to the public. We appreciate the partnership with Three Rivers and Mississippi State University NSPARC for developing this tool for all of us.”
Lee County Chancery Clerk Bill Benson remarked, “We’ve been working with Three Rivers on CRMS for several years and cannot thank them enough for all the hard work and resources they have dedicated to this project. We have had good success with converting the records. Three Rivers and NSPARC have done a really good job for us. We’re excited to now have the records online for the general public. We know that all of our users will find this very convenient.”
Lee County Circuit Clerk Camille Roberts commented, “CRMS is very user-friendly. We’re very pleased that we will now be able to offer records online. This is a great time saver for the community and for us. Three Rivers and NSPARC are wonderful to work with. They are a phone call away when we need them, and I appreciate how much they listen to suggestions. I am proud that Lee County is up-
and-running with this technology and that we can now share the information the way it is meant to be shared.”
NSPARC Leading Software Architect for CRMS Rusty Steverson said, “Anyone looking for information in Lee County can search, purchase and download records online. We’re using the latest Web technology which is reliable, stable, fast, efficient and secure.”
NSPARC Executive Director Dr. Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi stated, “It is the universities’ function in society to infuse innovation into the marketplace. We’re using our expertise to save costs and improve the services to government and how those services are provided to the population. We’re using our expertise to execute our solution to aid our communities.”
Three Rivers Executive Director Randy Kelley said, “Three Rivers is built on great partnerships like the ones we have with our counties and our software developing partners at NSPARC. We save money and we grow together because we partner with one another to find the best solutions for the problems we face.”
Lee County is the first to have its records launched through CRMS on the internet. Youth court and other sealed court cases will not be available through the public access portal. Other records that will be uploaded to the public access portal soon include Calhoun County Chancery Court, Calhoun County Circuit Court, Itawamba County Chancery Court, Itawamba County Circuit Court, Monroe
County Chancery Court, Pontotoc County Chancery Court, Pontotoc County Circuit Court, Prentiss County Chancery Court, Prentiss County Circuit Court, Sunflower County Chancery Court, Tishomingo County Chancery Court, Union County Chancery Court and Union County Circuit Court.
The CRMS public access portal is available online at crmspublic.com.