Tuesday, January 20, 2015

This and That in Court Technology - January 2015

A new CTB template and other court technology news is noted in this month's post.

New Court Technology Bulletin Template

You might notice that the CTB looks different.  In celebration of its fifth year as a Google Blogger blog we decided the go with a new cleaner look.  There is a new blog masthead thanks to one of our talented NCSC graphics designers, Elizabeth Maddox.   We have also gathered all of our links and resources together on one page so that there is a “one-stop” place to find things that are useful to the court technologist.  We hope you like it.


NCSC State Court Organization Updated

The Court Statistics Project (CSP) is pleased to announce that the 2014 online edition of State Court Organization is now available at www.ncsc.org/sco. The information compiled for SCO is available through a web-based, interactive application that allows users to sort and filter data to focus on specific issues of interest and characteristics of courts. This interactive approach facilitates the examination of differing state approaches to court administration and related procedures and rules. With topics ranging from the types of courts established in each state to specific aspects of law or procedure, SCO is the source for authoritative answers to fundamental questions about the operations of each state’s court system.

The direct link to State Court Organization is: http://www.ncsc.org/microsites/sco/home

Jury Scam Warnings

The US Federal Courts issued a warning about online jury related information scams.

“Members of the public in Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland and other states have been contacted by scammers asking them to follow links and provide personal information in online jury duty questionnaires—or face federal fines or jail time.

One Maryland juror phone scam threatens arrest unless the person purchases a debit card and pays $500. Email phishing scams in Kansas and Georgia even use the name of the Judiciary’s e-Juror program to convince targeted people the scam is legitimate.

There are several warning signs these are scams.

As the Maryland U.S. District Court notes, no court nor any law enforcement agency will ever call to request payment of a fine for failure to appear for jury duty. Any fines for failure to appear for jury duty would be imposed by a judge in a court session, with the summoned juror in attendance.
Members of the public are not contacted initially by email or phone for jury service. Perspective jurors first receive an official court mailing— never a phone call or email— which may direct them to an online questionnaire.”

Michigan Attorney Targeted Scam Warnings

The Michigan Court of Appeals warns on their website:

“Scam e-mail that pretends to be from the Michigan Court of Appeals has been reported in Michigan.
In one reported version, the subject line states, "Pretrial notice." The message reads, "Hereby we inform that you are obliged to come as a defendant to Michigan Court of Appeals on February 15th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. for the hearing of your case of illegal software use. If necessary you have a right to obtain a lawyer for your protection. You are kindly asked to have an identity document with you. Personal appearance is compulsory."  The recipient is then told to click on a hyperlink for "more detailed case information."

"Please be warned: These e-mails are NOT from the Michigan Court of Appeals," said Court of Appeals Chief Judge Michael Talbot. "This is a scam, possibly designed to load malware or spyware on the victim's computer. Do not click on the link."

Similar scams have been reported in other states. Talbot said that those who receive the scam e-mails should report them to abuse@michigan.gov.”

Orange County California Superior Court Hiring Tech Manager

The Orange Court Superior Court is 5th largest trial court in the United States and we are seeking an innovative Court Technology Manager to join our team. Apply today at www.occourts.org/employment

Ohio Supreme Court E-filing Open to Attorneys

Thanks to our friend Kendall Collins Smith we learned that “after a three-month pilot program, the Ohio Supreme Court e-Filing Portal is now open to all registered Ohio attorneys and those registered for pro hac vice status.”

The court’s E-filing web page is:  http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/Clerk/eFiling/default.asp

TheRecordXchange Announced

Via press release on January 15, 2015:

“Today, American Platform Services, LLC announces the launch of its free, web-based court reporting and transcription workflow platform, TheRecordXchange. TheRecordXchange is a service designed to revolutionize the court reporting and transcription market by offering a free, online workflow management system to replace generic tools currently used for court and deposition transcript production. TheRecordXchange is designed for Court Reporters, Transcribers, Proofreaders, Scopists, and transcription vendors"...

"TheRecordXchange allows court reporting and transcription firms to streamline their scheduling and assignment process and all users can collaborate in real-time on active projects. Transcribers, Proofreaders and Scopists can connect with court reporters and transcription firms to receive assignments, download content and collaborate during transcript production.”

E-Discovery & the Internet of Things

And from the … that isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel... it is the train department - Law Technology News published highlights of a paper that had been selected by the Arizona State University-Arkfeld E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Conference.  The paper states that “Legal Professionals must understand how fast-changing IoT (Internet of Things) can impact e-discovery”.  And if it impacts E-discovery we know that it will impact court evidence.  Recommended read.

Judge Paul Grewal Creates #notquitereadyforjudicialprimetime hashtag

Last, US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal tweets at his @impaulgrewal address on things of interest to him.  We applaud his creation of the clever Twitter hashtag noted in the title.

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