On January 27, 2015, City Council approved a contract with Journal Technologies, Inc., (Journal) to build and provide a new case management system for the Municipal Court (M&C C-27165). The contract with Journal was executed on March 2, 2015 (City Secretary Contract No. 46477).
During the project, Court Staff determined that a number of processes needed to be reviewed and revised before such an ambitious project could be successfully completed. A Municipal Court Governance Committee was established to review the issues with the court processes and to make recommendations on how to proceed. The Committee consisted of two Assistant City Managers, the City Attorney's Office, the Directors for the IT and Municipal Court Services Departments, and staff members from Municipal Court and IT. After reviewing all of the issues, it was recommended that the contract be terminated. On April 25, 2018, the termination notice was sent. The City and Journal immediately began good-faith discussions in order to settle any and all claims related to the work already performed under the Contract. The parties have agreed, subject to Council approval, to settle all claims related to the termination of the contract for $400,000.00.
Staff recommends approval of the execution of a termination and release agreement. Because the payment is related to work performed pursuant to a contract for the purchase of a computer system, including computer software and imaging systems, for the Fort Worth Municipal Court, funding for this payment will come from the Municipal Court Technology Fund.