About OPD Online
OPD Online is a web-based application designed to provide public defenders throughout the State of Ohio with one unified system to manage contacts, cases, calendars, documents, and billing. The core of OPD Online is a shared contact database of every person involved in the criminal justice and juvenile justice system, so that every piece of information put into the system is connected to the network of people the system impacts. Offices can create cases related to those contacts to track and organize the work they do for their clients. Then, users can relate documents, notes, billing information, and events and to-do lists to each case, providing a way to track all activity related to that case in one easy-to-use system.
Because OPD Online is a web-based application, a user can access the system from a laptop or tablet from any location with an internet connection. Whether in court, visiting a client in jail, or just making some quick case notes while traveling, attorneys can be mobile and still have real-time access to their case files and calendar. The system will reduce the need for an attorney to carry bulky paper client files, large documents, and paper calendars everywhere they go. With real-time access, any information changed in a user's home office will be accessible within seconds of the change. OPD Online also provides tracking, reporting, mail merging, and other tools needed for daily office functions.
On top of providing critical case-management tools to those who represent poor Ohioans, OPD Online will also provide state-wide data about what is happening in indigent defense. This will allow us to get a big-picture view we've never had before, and in the long run, OPD Online will eliminate the need for public defender offices to send monthly case reports back to our office.
In short, OPD Online will help people advocate for Ohio's most vulnerable citizens, streamline the work in offices already struggling to keep up with caseloads, and give OPD the data we need to advocate all over the state for better funding and organization of the indigent-defense system.