Wednesday, September 19, 2012

This and That in Court Tech – September, 2012

News from and about the NCSC, Virginia Electronic Notary Statute, IJIS Institute, E-Paper, the Legal Information Institute, and the Canadian Forum on Court Technology.

NCSC CourTools Website Updated

NCSC Research and Technology has announced the new CourTools website redesign that includes links to CMS vendors who have integrated the measures into their systems.   There is a form available on the website for CMS vendors to submit their information.

Virginia’s Electronic Notary Statute and Website

Beginning on July 1, 2012 the Commonwealth of Virginia is allowing electronic notarization of documents using audio-video conference technology.  The Secretary of the Commonwealth, Ms. Janet Vestal Kelly’s office has posted a detailed web page FAQ on the new law answering questions such as what is considered an electronic document, what an electronic signature is, what an electronic notary signature and seal involves, and many others.

Notaries are moving into the electronic age and courts should consider how they can be incorporated into their “E-plans".

IJIS Institute Announces Graduate Certificate Program 

In conjunction with the George Washington University the IJIS Institute has announced the Graduate Certificate in Justice and Public Safety Information Management program.  The release states that the program is “(f)or professionals in the law enforcement, public safety, and homeland security fields, this program provides a comprehensive and strategic understanding of policy, best practices, and strategies related to information technology and data management.”  For more information please see the program website at:

Erasable E-Paper

From the technology frontier, for those of you who like the old ways best, new erasable “e-paper” has the possibility of bringing back “scrolls” as a display technology (among many other uses).  See Erasable E-Paper Saves Trees, Cuts Costs for more

Togas anyone?

Congratulations to the Legal Information Institute on its 20th Anniversary

Please join us at the NCSC in congratulating Internet pioneer, Cornell Law Schools Legal Information Institute on their anniversary.   As noted in Cornell University’s Chronicle Online news:

“Back in 1992 -- long before smartphones, iPads, Web 2.0 and Google -- a law professor and an information technologist at Cornell Law School built the Internet's first legal website, the Legal Information Institute (LII), to publish the laws that govern us and make them freely available to everyone on the new World Wide Web. Among the first 30 websites in the world, the LII continues to provide a place where lawyers and business leaders, government regulators and ordinary citizens can access the law without cost.”

“The LII has provided expertise to anyone who supports open access to law -- from the U.S. House of Representatives to the Library of Congress, from commercial publishers in the United States to fledgling law schools in Vietnam.”

“When LII Director Thomas R. Bruce and Peter W. Martin, the Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law Emeritus and former dean of the Law School, co-founded the LII in 1992, they could not have envisioned what would happen next.”

Keynote Speaker

Your editor of the Court Technology Bulletin has been announced as the Keynote speaker of the Forum 2012: Canadian Forum on Court Technology in Montreal, Quebec, October 25-26, 2012.  I’m currently working on the presentation, The Modernization Challenge; that will hopefully be both informative and entertaining.

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