Saturday, August 17, 2013

Court Tech Notes and News

After our summer break, here are some notes and news that accumulated in the interim.

CITOC Meeting Agenda Posted

Snorri Ogata has shared the final CITOC agenda for their meeting preceding CTC-2013 in Baltimore on September 16, 2013.  Click here to view it online or to download a copy click on the file-download links.

India Launches Courts E-Portal

From an article posted on August 7, 2013 by ZeeNews we learned that the Chief Justice of India, P Sathasivam announced the inauguration of the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG).

“With the launch of the first phase of NJDG, case data of all the courts, including those at district level, will be available on a single website – http://ecourts.Gov.In  The portal will have data from around 10,000 courts.

Any visitor to this website can access the status of the case, the cause list of the district courts and in some cases, daily order or judgement of the case, searchable on the basis of case number, party name, advocate name etc.," Justice Madan B Lokur, in-charge of the e-committee which was entrusted with the task of developing the portal, said.

And in another article picked up by the New York Daily News on the same day we learned that laptops have been issued “to 13,000 judicial officers in the country”.

The Chief Justice congratulated “Justice Madan B. Lokur under whose stewardship the court's e-committee developed the portal, Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal said that it was only through technology that transparency could be achieved. He said that there was always an element of discretion in the human dealings.”

Casetext Free Legal Database

From one of our readers we learned about Casetext (, a free, searchable legal database that one can annotate.

The goal of Casetext is to provide “open access to legal texts, while also improving understanding of the law. We're building a community of annotators so that lawyers reading a case can see related legal documents, articles, and commentary alongside the text.”

And from the Legal Research Plus Stanford Law blog we learned that co-founders Jacob Heller and Joanna Huey met when he was president of the Stanford Law Review and she was president of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking together and working at firms, they decided to build Casetext because it’s what they wished they had for their own research.”

Definitely check it out.

Maryland Courts Shut Down Access at Public Terminals

Finally we learned that the Maryland Courts have had to turn off their public terminals after it was learned that they could be used to discover participants private information such as social security numbers, financial, and medical information.  Click here to see The Baltimore Sun article posted on August 6, 2013.

And a big thanks to Bill Raftery of our NCSC Gavel to Gavel blog for all his help finding this news while I was out!

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