Court Technology Bulletin

Friday, December 19, 2014

This and That in Court Technology – December, 2014

Nevada Chief Justice Mark Gibbons
Notes and article links about E-Courts, Wearable Evidence in courts, a settlement about inaccurate court data in a credit bureau, monitor twisting, smartphone driver’s licenses, a “Moneyball” approach to crime prosecution, E-filing at Michigan appellate courts, the Texas Bar online legal education website, Ms. Sharon Nelson, and upcoming conferences in this month's This and That.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Recommended E-Courts 2014 Session

Having just returned home from the excellent E-Courts 2014 conference, I would like to recommend a particular session on digital preservation.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

E-Filing Benefits are Hard to Quantify

With E-courts 2014 coming next week, we share some thoughts on the difficulty in quantifying the benefits of E-filing.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

This and That in Court Technology - November, 2014

Bananas Foster French Toast at E-Courts
Time again for news from the wide, wide world of technology for courts.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Court Case Management Systems Part 16 – Reports and Statistics

Originally, court case management systems were justified based on their ability to produce court management reports and statistics for policy makers.  They have generally achieved these goals but there is more that CCMS should be able to do.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lucas County, Ohio Releases CMS RFP

The Lucas County Common Pleas Court is looking for a court case management system.  Responses are due by December 30, 2014 with a mandatory pre-proposal conference to be held on November 18, 2014 at the Lucas County Common Pleas Court.  A $10,000 bid bond is required.

The RFP and all relevant information is available at:

Friday, October 31, 2014

New Options in Courtroom Displays

Since we write about technology here, it is good to think about how to display the output in our courtrooms and elsewhere in the courthouse.

Friday, October 24, 2014

More This and That in Court Technology for October, 2014

This has been an especially busy month in Court Tech.  We share what we learned in this second edition for October, 2014.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cloud Based Adobe Connect Integration with EchoSign

Courts looking for a combined video and electronic signature solution for warrants and similar communications can now look to Adobe for a possible solution.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Some Thoughts on Electronic Document Navigation

Many times I hear that electronic documents are too hard to work with.  In this article we explore some ideas to help address this perceived and real problem.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Credit Card Payment Tech - Change is coming in 2015

Three new ways of paying by credit card are coming (well, two for our international court friends).  So courts should begin planning for this conversion in 2015.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Handwritten Signatures - Now a “Punch Line” – Part 3

A new example of a fake court document highlights the failure of current "visual" document validation methods.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Court Case Management Systems Part 15: Financials – Public Requirements

Part 15:  Yes, courts have to deal with money.  And the form of money has changed in recent years (and change too, of course).  We will discuss the implications for CCMS in this edition as well as something we missed in Part 14 of our series, surcharges.

Friday, August 22, 2014

e-Courts 2014 Education Program Agenda Posted

I just signed up for the upcoming e-Courts 2014 Conference, have you?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Data Conversion = Pain

For a number of years I have tried to advise courts not to convert data from their legacy systems into their new ones.  Here are my reasons why.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A2J Author Version 5.0 Released

The NCSC is very proud to share the following announcement of the important Access 2 Justice Author toolset that was first published on the CALI website

"The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) and the Center for Access to Justice and Technology at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (CAJT) will be rolled out the new version of A2J Author® for the legal aid community on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12 noon CST."

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Indiana Courts Seek Electronic Filing Manager Proposals

The Indiana Supreme Court Division of State Court Administration is releasing a Public Notice of Contracting Opportunity (PNCO) seeking proposals for an Electronic Filing Manager (EFM) and a basic Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP) for Indiana’s trial and appellate courts.  The PNCO is available at

Division contact information is available within the PNCO document.  Responses to the PNCO are due September 15, 2014.

And BTW, nice website at  Congratulations.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Three Interesting Things

This week we share some interesting ideas that have come to our attention on Pennsylvania’s new online Dependency Benchbook, an online support calculator, and how to publish Internet Calendars with Microsoft Office Outlook.

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