Friday, November 20, 2015

An Interview with’s Claudia Johnson

Left to Right: Xander Karsten, Claudia Johnson,
and Liz Keith of

One of our good friends in the court/justice technology business, Ms. Claudia Johnson of was recently interviewed.


The interview was conducted by Mr. Stanley Ramdhany, a senior at Columbia University majoring in Sociology with a particular interest in the field of law and society.

He writes:

“In the field of public interest work, Claudia Johnson is renowned as one of the first law professionals to address the union between technology and legal aid.  On the topic of how she first entered the field, Claudia stated, “I decided to go to law school at U Penn, and there I fell in love with public interest work, by working with DV victims in Northern Philadelphia. At this point, I was very interested in national origin discrimination and LEP advocacy, so I did my Skadden Fellowship on language access for Medicaid/disabled communities with focus on LEP groups.”  It was there that Claudia first focused on the union of legal services and technology:  “I wanted to have a way to track patterns by health care plan, zip code, and client demographics. So I was looking for a relatable multidimensional database—in 1997. That did not exist in legal services, so we had to build our own.”

Click here for the full in-depth interview (and in my opinion it is a good read to learn about this amazing lady)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

An Interview with TestNotice’s John Coggeshall

From time to time we here at the CTB want to make our readers aware of new products and services. In this post we talk with John Coggeshall, Co-Founder of TestNotice that provides notification services for drug and problem solving courts.  The service also has other potential uses.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tennessee Issues Appellate Court E-Filing RFP

The Tennessee State Courts issued an RFP 15-1001 on November 9, 2015 for an Appellate E-Filing System.

Proposals are due on December 14, 2015 and there are additional deadlines in the request as well.

Tennessee's RFP web page is:

The full RFP document in Microsoft Word format is available on that web page along with other associated documents.

The web page states:
"The objective of this RFP is to acquire and implement an electronic court filing (e-filing) software solution that satisfies the Tennessee appellate courts’ requirements for a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software package or licensed service. The electronic filing system will permit court case participants to use the Internet to file permitted documents in appellate cases.  The system will provide the ability for appellate staff review and approval.  For approved filings, the information and documentation contained in the electronic filing will be populated to the court case management system.  E-mail integration is critical. The initial scope of the e-filing system will include initial and subsequent filings in appellate cases.  In the future, the e-filing system may be expanded to include trial court case filings.  The electronic filing system should have proven capability in appellate and trial courts."

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Information Systems Security Primer 2015

A good friend of ours, who is an information security expert, shares their wisdom in this week's CTB post.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

McMillan Award 2015 Finalist – Miguel Navarro

In the second of three articles recognizing McMillan Award finalists, we present Miguel Navarro from the ITO Central Office in the Administrative Office of the Courts in Trenton, NJ and his (and Robert Jacobsen’s) CTC-2015 presentation.

Friday, October 23, 2015

This and That in Court Technology – October, 2015

News about CourtHack, a new judge research tool for lawyers, the FBI’s NextGen identification system, online digital record preservation classes, a new high-speed departmental scanner, and just what everyone needs: a “Flux Capacitor” for your car.

Friday, October 16, 2015

New South Wales Australia Announces Online Court Project

Sydney, Australia Opera House
License: CC-BY-SA 3.0
Via press release: Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Access to justice will be faster, easier and cheaper with the pilot of the State’s first Online Court, Attorney General Gabrielle Upton today announced.

The Online Court will initially be used for civil cases in the Local Court General Division and will eliminate the need for legal practitioners to attend pre-trial hearings in court.
Ms Upton said the use of online legal services which will improve access to justice and ensure services meet people’s expectations.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chip Credit Cards – Has your court made the switch?

New credit card readers are needed by courts starting October 1, 2015 (yes, two weeks ago).  The COSCA/NACM Joint Technology Committee wants to remind you about this requirement.  And, they have a Resource Bulletin that can help you to understand what is happening and what you need to do.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Cloud Data Security and Encryption

Secret decoder ring

Last week I saw an article about Microsoft’s new secure cloud network connection tool for government called ExpressRoute.  So that got me thinking...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

CourtHack Info and New Schedule

The dates for CourtHack have had a small adjustment and will now be held on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14, 2015  at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah.

For tons of information about the event including registration, the full schedule, rules, prizes, judges, and sponsors go the the excellent website.