Wednesday, September 30, 2015

This and That in Court Technology – Post CTC, September 2015

In this edition we note CTC-2015, another report of handwritten signature failure, iPhone software changes, the Chief Justice of Tennessee announces technology agenda, Intellidact and Tyler partner, and Ohio Supreme Court provides grants to support local technology initiatives.



I hope everyone enjoyed CTC-2015.  If you did not get a chance to attend I would suggest watching the keynote addresses, checking out the slides and materials posted in the education session, and even perhaps doing a virtual vendor exhibition via their websites. 

We will also be highlighting the other two McMillan award finalists here in the CTB in upcoming weeks.

The conference website is:

Another Chapter in “Handwritten Signatures are a Punchline”, Part 4

According to this article in the New York Post on September17, 2015, “A lazy paralegal forget the names of 76 New York state Supreme Court (trial level) justices on more than 100 court documents – because, he claims, he was overworked and thought that faking signatures would make his job easier.”

He did it by cutting and pasting copied the judge’s signatures from previously signed documents.

No further comment needed.  And yes, there is a better way to do this.

iPhone/iOS9 Update Warning

I did the OS9 update on my iPhone and for some reason Apple always wants to turn on my Bluetooth signal.  But there is another setting you might want to check since it could affect your mobile data bill.

According to this article from “”, the new update turns on a new systems service called “Wi-Fi Assist”.  When enabled your phone will “automatically use cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor”.  All I can say is “cha-ching” for the mobile phone service providers.

 Tennessee Chief Justice Shares Aggressive Agenda

Thanks to Mark Schwartz at One Legal for finding this.  An article posted at The Chattanoogan.comwebsite; “Chief Justice Lee highlighted one of the judiciary’s newest efforts – creation of a court dedicated to handling business disputes. The Business Court launched in May in Davidson County and is open to cases from across the state that meet certain criteria. Lee emphasized that through the use of technology and better scheduling, the court has already begun to see results through an efficient process that meets the needs of everyone involved.”


“E-filing is just one of the tools on the horizon for the Business Court and the Supreme Court plans to also implement e-filing in the appellate court.”

Congratulations on these initiatives and we look forward to learning about the impact of these changes.

CSI Intellidact Partners with Tyler Technologies

Via press release, September, 2015.

‘Computing System Innovations (CSI), America’s leading provider of automated redaction software, is pleased to announce that Tyler Technologies’ Courts & Justice Division has selected CSI as a Tyler Solution Partner to provide Intellidact® as a seamlessly integrated redaction solution for Odyssey®.

Intellidact is designed to manage the complexity of identity theft and data privacy in today’s environment of increased document volumes, as well as regulatory and budget pressures. The most widely-used and highest accuracy redaction and indexing software in the country, Intellidact has processed over 6 billion pages and protects the identities of 1 in every 5 Americans.”

Ohio Courts Grant Funding Project

We missed this article earlier this year that was posted on Court News Ohio website titled: Accessing Courts through Technology.  The article states:

“Ohio courts are challenged to keep up with the evolving technology while holding down costs. For the first time, the Ohio Supreme Court is providing more than $2.5 million in technology funding to support local courts in removing barriers to efficient and effective administration of justice.

The funding through the Ohio Courts Technology Initiative will be used for 109 technology projects at courts in 61 counties across the state. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor announced the grants in February, and all courts were notified by mid-June if their grant proposals were approved. When possible, the chief justice has personally delivered checks to court officials.

“Financial constraints at the local level can impede needed upgrades in technology. I’m pleased that the Supreme Court could assist in filling the funding gap,” Chief Justice O’Connor said.
Supreme Court Deputy Administrative Director Mindi Wells added, “The Ohio Courts Technology Initiative was designed to provide direct benefit to Ohio courts, specifically to support the delivery of technology services and the exchange of information by and between courts and justice system partners. With the budgetary resources available this fiscal year, it was a prime opportunity to launch the technology grant program.”

The grant awards range from a few hundred dollars to a few hundred-thousand dollars for projects such as website redesigns, security upgrades, and online case information access.”

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