Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This and That in Court Tech – July, 2014

Here is the hot and humid mid-summer news from the world of Court Tech.  We have notes about online and in-person training, courtroom technology bench configurations, New Hampshire chooses an E-filing vendor, CITOC, and an online multilingual dictionary that includes legal terms.

--- Schedules Online Training Event on Legal Triage

The next LSNTAP/PBN Community Training Series webinar - Triage and expert systems in legal aid: New tools to assist people in need and the advocates that serve them will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10am PT / 1pm ET

This webinar will highlight new tools and approaches that aid advocates with legal screening, triage and analysis activities, and help litigants navigate unfamiliar legal processes. We'll hear from panelists working on cutting edge projects in the nonprofit legal sector, how expert systems can enhance service delivery and support community partnerships, and tools and techniques that focus on balancing considerations rather than applying rules. Join us to hear about what's new - and what's next - in this area.

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Questions Regarding Judge’s Bench Technology Configuration

Last week we received a question regarding technology configuration ideas for the judge’s courtroom bench.  We have been recommending that courts consider All-in-one computers like the one shown in the Oregon eCourt project.

The advantages of All-in-one systems is that they are both touch and pen enabled and can be positioned out of the judge’s sight lines.  And since they are full computers one could even connect a second monitor to extend the desktop.  I also believe that for busy trial judges the best interface is a touch screen unless they have always used a keyboard for note taking.  This is why development of these interfaces are so important in support of the transition to the electronic courtroom and related E-filing and electronic document projects.

We also learned from this HP press release that a “study revealed that while using touch screens, an overwhelming majority of people preferred their screen in a low and close position for 100 percent of touch-related tasks.” (HP ID Research, May 24, 2011)  Perfect for judges.

Another alternative is the bigger Microsoft Surface 3 Pro tablet 11 inch display that is similarly touch and pen enabled.  One can get a docking station so the judge can carry it from chambers to bench.  But while it is not currently available, you can apparently pre-order the docking station.

 Again, in either instance the judge can position the device where they want it and angle it up or down for whatever works best for them.

What about Apple iPads?  In my view they can work very well, but they have limitations.  For example, a 27 inch All-in-one system can display two documents side-by-side in full size.  And there isn’t a really a docking station solution and pens have to be purchased and integrated separately.

Last, my dream is that someday everyone will have a bench will be like the things shown in this article from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show where it is an active touch surface.  Our friends at the South Korean judicial system have included such a system in their eCourt Experience Hall that uses the Samsung 40 inch touch display system.  This can certainly work if you have the money.  But one would have to test it with the courtroom lighting as glare could potentially be a problem.

New Hampshire Courts Choose TurboCourt for E-Filing

Via Press Release E-mail received on July 2, 2014:

“The New Hampshire Judicial Branch (NHJB) has selected Intresys, Inc., the developers of TurboCourt, to supply their private-cloud software for the NH e-Court Project. TurboCourt will enable government filers, self-represented, parties to cases, individuals and businesses to file and retrieve court documents electronically. Intresys, the nation's leading supplier of Interactive Intelligent e-filing technology, is coming to New Hampshire's Trial Court system in July 2014.

"The NH e-Court Project is the top administrative priority of the Judicial Branch and our new contract with Intresys is a huge step toward a paperless court system that will be more efficient, more economical and more accessible to our citizens," Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis said.”

NIEM Western Regional Training Set


September 10-12, 2014: Scottsdale, Arizona

This in-depth technical training course provides an overview of NIEM and practical implementation techniques, as well as hands-on exercises reinforcing key NIEM concepts. Lessons will guide participants through the XML terminology and concepts specifically used by NIEM, as well as the process of building Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD) through instructor-led exercises. These exercises guide students through the step-by-step process of building a NIEM conformant exchange by creating an exchange content model, mapping objects to NIEM, schema subset generation, development of extension and exchange schemas, and packaging and distribution methods. The course instructor will spend time bringing all of the components of training together, providing examples and responding to questions with a high level of student participation.

CITOC Calls for Innovation Awards Nominations from their Members

"The Court Information Technology Officers Consortium (CITOC) is pleased to present the 2014 CITOC Innovation Awards to recognize notable contributions to the judiciary in Technology and Court Business Processes.  CITOC members contribute many valuable projects in their respective jurisdictions, and we hope the Innovation Awards will provide an opportunity to recognize these efforts and to inform other professionals on interesting developments in the industry.
You can help highlight projects that you feel are particularly noteworthy.  As a CITOC member, you can nominate a project for consideration for an Innovation Award.   A CITOC Awards Committee will evaluate the submissions according to the criteria described in the nomination form, which is attached to this email for convenience.

Any Judge, Court Administrator, or Clerk of Court may nominate a candidate; please feel free to inform others who many not be members of our organization and who may wish to nominate a particular project.

We will be sharing information about this award program with COSCA and NACM members through their respective organizations as well.

Please submit completed nomination forms, or any questions about the CITOC Innovation Awards, to"

An Inter-Active Language Dictionary for Legal Terminology

And last, via our friend Rob Richards at the Legal Informatics blog we learned about the IATE system that “contains a very large set of legal terms in many languages” that is available online at

IATE is “the shared terminology database of the institutions of the European Union. Its main aim is to facilitate the task of the translators working for the EU, but will hopefully also be useful for other EU staff and for the public in general.”

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