Monday, December 30, 2013

End of 2013 Court Tech News

The CTB received several interesting articles at the end of the year.

Maine Probate Courts put records online

We learned in a Bangor Daily News article and accompanying video that the probate courts in Maine have started a new website: to put their records on the Internet; and that E-filing is coming as well in 2014.

To read the rather detailed article on their new system click here.


Via the above hash-tagged Twitter message we learned that Texas has mandated e-filing in civil matters in many of the largest counties in the state including “Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Denton, El Paso, Hidalgo and Fort Bend along with the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals and the 14 Courts of Appeals” starting January 1, 2014.

See for more.

Clerk of Court Website Deemed Critical for Legal Business

Remember when we were told that lawyers wouldn’t use the Internet and court websites?  I do.

Times have certainly changed.  We learned from the website on December 17, 2013 that some lawyers can’t live without “the popular Hamilton County Clerk of Courts web site” when it became unavailable due to their domain registration expiring.

According to Cincinnati attorney Clyde Bennett II:

“If it’s down for a significant period of time, it has the potential to cost (me) thousands of dollars,” Bennett said.

It is nice to be needed.

Ohio Chief Justice Calls for SCOTUS to Allow Cameras in their Courtroom

An editorial in the Los Angeles Times published on December 20, 2013 by Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor calls for the Supreme Court of the United States to allow cameras to broadcast their proceedings.  Chief Justice O’Connor notes:
“The Supreme Court's oral arguments stand as the lone exception. The court views itself as truly exceptional, fundamentally unique from all other institutions in a way that cameras would somehow spoil. 
The problem with this view is that after three decades of other courts using cameras, we don't have to speculate about the effects. In Ohio, we have been broadcasting our cases live on television and the Internet for almost 10 years. The evidence shows that cameras in the courtrooms are a positive experience.”
The editorial also notes the recent announcement that the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will live video stream of all its en banc proceedings.  And some of you might also remember the CTC-2011 session in Long Beach, California on their development of the system.

Science Fiction Movies Provide Lessons in Project Management

And last, a fun and yet usefully interesting article was posted at The Fast Track blog on December 19, 2014 titled: 5 Project Management Horror Stories Found in Sci-Fi Movies.  Movies and lessons to be learned included; 2001: A Space Odyssey, Captain America, Aliens, Star Wars, and Prometheus.

And you didn’t know you were possibly learning something while satisfying your inner nerd, did you?

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