Thursday, July 16, 2015

Highlighting Some CTC-2015 Education Sessions

We share some CTC-2015 sessions that you might consider when attending the upcoming conference. But this article is mainly to show a sample of the outstanding conference content coming this fall in Minneapolis.


“Session 1: Track 2 - A Perspective of 20 Years of Electronic Court Records - Auditorium 2- 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The opening session for this track will provide a 20 year perspective on the evolution of electronic court records, including how electronic records have developed to meet the business needs of the judiciary, examples of leading e-records implementation efforts, a current perspective on where we are today with electronic records management, and what is likely in store for the future. The session will also include a discussion on the adoption of the PDF/A standard for electronic documents.”

The presenter, Stephen Levenson is one of the premier experts in the digital record transformation and in the PDF/A standards development.  We in the courts are still in this transformation and so any knowledge we can gain regarding past successes and failures and Steve’s view of the future will be helpful.

Session 2: Track 6 - The Flexible, Sustainable Courthouse - 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Courtroom 21: Going from Analog to Digital: What the Analog Sunset Means to Courtrooms

It is always good to hear from court technologist, Martin Gruen on where courthouses and courtroom systems and equipment are heading.

Session 3: Track 4 - Achieving Timely Dispositions: Virtual Settlements for Warrants and Minor Infractions - 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

“Faced with a backlog, the 74th District Court in Bay City, Bay County, Michigan, began looking for a way to improve access to justice and court efficiency. Traffic, failure to appear, and failure to pay fines are cases that do not necessarily need to be heard in court, yet are the most common cases that judges hear.  In late 2014, the court began offering an online platform as an alternative for resolving these minor violations, which cost the courts and defendants unnecessary time and money. This online platform enables defendants, police, prosecutors, and judges to conveniently work together toward resolving a traffic ticket or warrant.  Presenter, Judge Dawn Klida”

I know a little bit about the tech approaches for this project.  Now I want to learn about the real world results.

Session 4: Track 4 - Evolving Mobile Apps in New Jersey - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This session will share many different mobile applications, their design and impact that have been 
built by the New Jersey Courts.  The presenter is Miguel Navarro.

Session 5: Track 1: Judicial Tools - The Human Factor - 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

As we know it very often isn’t the technology that is the problem, it is getting people to change and try new things.  I am especially interested in hearing about how our “last frontier” is being addressed. The presenters are the Hon. Mark Singer, Yolanda Lewis, Amanda Acevedo.

Session 6: Track 2: Paperless, seamless, painless: e-Integrating and Transforming Court Services – The Singapore State Courts experience - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

ICMS was systematically and rigorously developed and implemented in phases from July 2013 onwards to transform the criminal and youth court processes into an integrated e-filing, e-workflow and e-court hearing system.  ICMS is a visionary, multi-agency project that links all stakeholders in the criminal justice system. Its central feature is an integrated electronic workflow which extends from initiation, scheduling, processing, hearing and tracking of all criminal and youth court proceedings from the moment a case is filed to the time a verdict is pronounced and the sentence effected.

The Finance Management System (FMS) transforms the way services are delivered to the court users. It is made possible by integrating with case management and filing systems for a seamless experience in the payment of court fine, court fee, court bail and application of refund.  It is the foundation for cashless collection of fine installment island wide through any Electronic Service Kiosk, mobile phone or internet, saving court users the need to make multiple trips to State Courts.  For court users who wish to make immediate payment, by way of cash, credit card, cheque and NETs, upon the conclusion of any case in State Courts, the real-time interface with the back end workflow would make the Intelligent Service Kiosk a reality by 2016. Presenters are Hon. Jennifer Marie and Hon. YEO Khee Eng, Victor”

Anything shared by the most technologically advanced legal system in the world is a must session for me.  They have implemented technology that we in the USA and elsewhere can only dream of.

Session 7 - Track 5: Enhancing Remote Access: From Simple Transactions to Case Resolution - 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

From Green Screens to GUI – Modernizing Public Access

Jennifer Rasmussen and Sherri Dennis will describe Nebraska’s project to bring public-access courthouse terminals a 21st-century software makeover, which aimed to provide an easier-to-use interface and increase the number of services available. Where green screens once only allowed visitors to search local county court cases, the courthouse kiosks provide access to statewide case information, including images of court-filed documents.  Other services made available statewide are trial court calendar searches, statewide electronic case payments and citation payments, general judicial branch information, legal self-help with forms, and driver's license reinstatements.  Live chat is also available for services and court process questions.

One-stop Shopping to Resolve Contested Divorce and Custody Cases

Stacey Marz will show how Alaska's Court System Early Resolution Program (ERP) uses readily available technology tools to facilitate the efficient and effective resolution of divorce and custody cases involving two self-represented litigants. In ERP, the court triages all newly filed contested divorce and custody cases to determine likelihood of settlement and schedules suitable cases to a mass calendar before a settlement judge.  Volunteer unbundled attorneys and court mediators work with litigants to resolve the case, usually in one hearing.  ERP uses off-the-shelf software, hardware, and mobile tools to facilitate the program's ability to triage and resolve cases efficiently, to prepare and distribute final documents at the hearing, and to include litigants who often appear remotely by telephone or video conference. Presenters are Jennifer Rasmussen, Sherri Dennis, Stacey Marz.

These courts are “walking the walk” making tech work for their judiciary.

Session 8: Track 5: Court Performance Measures: from Concepts to Reality (or Making it Happen!) 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM 

Presenters are Janet Cornell and Richard Schauffler.

Any time one gets to hear Janet and Richard talk about the push into more meaningful and useful court measures I would take it (even though John Matthias and my session is being held at the same time).

All in all it looks like CTC-2015 is going to be a great conference.

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