|Hon. Chief Judge Lee E. Hayworth|
Starting in 2009, the judges of the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida working in conjunction with the Clerk of Court in Manatee County created a system "designed for judges, by judges".
As noted in their project mission statement:
In phase one, the mission is to create an electronic application for judicial users in Manatee County in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit that meets or exceeds the efficiencies of conventional paper files. Using a single judicial document retrieval system “The Manatee Model©”, the judges will have rapid and reliable access across county lines to multiple cases, be able to word search in documents, indexes, and electronic case files.
The design of the system is that it can be added/layered upon multiple existing case and document management systems. This approach has great appeal in that judges often must access information from clerk's offices at different levels of government including state, county, and municipalities.
To demonstrate their system, they have created a website with a video written and presented by Chief Judge Lee E. Hayworth (pictured above with his touch screen system in his courtroom) that discusses their design approach and demonstrates the resulting "Manatee Model" system.
R. B. "Chips" Shore, Clerk of Court for Manatee County has also sent the following system screen shots (updated December 7, 2011):
- Product quality and efficacy in real-life judicial bench situations.
- Utilizing next-generation technology in order to improve upon current systems, while differentiating this project from any other ones tried before.
- Management: project delivered on time, costs controlled and a management team of judiciary users. In the past, systems have been developed without input from the actual bench user.
- This project makes the courts co-leaders in the development phase.
- To develop the process to show that the model will work not only for Twelfth Circuit judicial users, but also for other circuits in the state.