Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

This and That in Court Technology – October, 2017



News from the California courts, digital recording technology advances, smartphone language interpretation, the NCRA, Social Security Number replacement, Mississippi court rules, a conference in New Zealand and a useful Dutch Legal Technology newsletter/blog, and a good CTC 2017 summary.


Friday, September 29, 2017

LegalXML Electronic Court Filing Specification 5.0 Draft Announced



In the first major update since 2013, the Oasis-Open LegalXML Electronic Court Filing (ECF) Technical Committee has announced version 5 for sixty-day public review.  Since the standard is the most widely used electronic filing standard, this is a significant advancement. 

More below…


Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Special Court Technology Procurement Workshop




A special 1 1/2 day Technology Procurement Workshop for Court Leaders and Technology Staff, Vendors, and Consultants will be presented in Phoenix, Arizona, November 7-8, 2017 at the Trial Court Education Center, Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County.

More below...


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The 2017 McMillan Scholarship Award Winner



Jose Lezcano and Jim McMillan


Jose Lezcano, the Judicial Branch IT Director in Puerto Rico was honored with the McMillan Scholarship at the CTC 2017 Conference for his technology leadership.  More below:







Friday, September 15, 2017

CTC 2017 – a Milestone Conference



The conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah from September 12-14, 2017 had many significant events and presentations.  We will start the list in this post with more to come in the very near future.



Friday, September 8, 2017

Tech Ideas for Court Emergency and Disaster Planning



Hurricane Irma from the ISS


With the recent serious storms in the USA, planning to deal with emergency situations is on our minds.   But many things have changed because of the court's conversion to E-filing and electronic documents. We discuss below.





Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Preserving the Record




The article last week regarding Judge Michael Marcus and his website, smartsentencing.com got me thinking about one of the court’s most important duties, preserving the record.  I share my list of strategies and options below.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Judge Michael Marcus – The Passing of a Court Tech Pioneer

Hon. Michael Marcus

Last month we were saddened to hear of the passing of Judge Michael Marcus formerly of the Multnomah County (Portland, Oregon) Circuit Court.  I had the great pleasure of knowing Michael since the late 1990’s because of his work in developing the concept of “Smart Sentencing”.   A video of a presentation Judge Marcus made on his work from 2010 is available here.

Judge Marcus also wrote one of the most popular articles in the history of the Court Tech Bulletin about his "Search for a Quiet Keyboard” in 2007.

But back to the main subject below.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

This and That in Court Technology – August, 2017

https://goo.gl/PLWoi1


A big CTC-2017 promotion (especially if you are hungry), an upcoming JTC webinar, big E-filing news, Wyoming court automation fees introduced, space and cost savings by the US Federal Courts, and a little tip in this month’s court tech news amalgamation.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Blockchain for Criminal Charge Tracking?

https://goo.gl/qv8unC


A recent question to the NCSC Community bulletin board regarding Blockchain technology led to the following thoughts regarding its potential use in one of the most difficult problems we have faced in the justice community since the 1970’s, criminal charge tracking.  We discuss below.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

NCSC Releases New Report on Court Privacy Policy



A State Justice Institute supported report, “Best Practices for Court Privacy Policy Formulation” authored by three of our NCSC colleagues, Tom Clarke, Jannet Lewis and Di Graski has just been released.  The report begins:

"As state and local courts progressively convert their business processes from paper to electronic formats, policies around remote electronic access to court case information by the public become ever more important.  COSCA last addressed this issue comprehensively in 2002 with a report authored by Martha Steketee and Alan Carlson that proposed a model policy for public access.  At that time, few courts had implemented electronic filing, so the model policy addressed both manual and electronic access.  In the fifteen years since then, courts have learned a lot about living in an electronic world and providing remote access to their case data and documents.  Consequently, there is a need to update what we know about this topic and revise the model policy."

August 31, 2017 revision -- click here to access the updated paper. 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cobb County Georgia Issues Court Tech RFI



Cobb County (“County”) invites qualified technology companies (“Responders”) to submit written information about their ability to provide the modules needed to support countywide court and justice partner operations and case management with the goal of providing better access to justice and improving internal efficiencies.


Friday, July 14, 2017

This and That in Court Technology – July, 2017

Library of Congress Exhibition Image

This month's news about court technology and related topics includes CTC 2017 Experts, a proposed American Bar Association resolution, 10 tips for IT administrators to deal with password lockout, Margaret Hagan's artwork and observations from the NACM/IACA conference, the Center for Court Innovation's treatment courts online training offerings, the IJIS Institute announces a new Executive Director, and the Library of Congress exhibition, "Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration".


Thursday, July 13, 2017

North Carolina AOC Issues RFI for CMS Evaluation


North Carolina Supreme Court building
The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts is currently researching the services to assess the current integrated case management systems in the market place that will best fit the existing and future needs of the NCAOC.

 Additional information about the NCAOC can be viewed at its website www.nccourts.org.

The information gathered from this RFI will be used to identify vendors that can provide the systems needed to meet the needs of the Technology Services Division’s technical and infrastructure requirements.

Interested parties must submit a response package no later than 2:00 pm (EDT), July 31, 2017.

The full RFI (PDF format) is available at: https://www.ips.state.nc.us/IPS/AGENCY/PDF/11967000.pdf

Friday, July 7, 2017

Loomis vs. Wisconsin Cert Denied



The Supreme Court of the United States denied cert in a case asking to expose the risk algorithm used by Northpointe's COMPAS system.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Event Time





In the CCMS series we wrote about events and tasks.  In that article, we mentioned event weights that reflects the amount of work that was expended on that event.  But there is another way that we can augment the event record.  We explain.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Not Just Police Body Cams


GoPro Pet Camera Mounts


A recent Pennsylvania appellate court decision points out that the record keepers will deal with more than just law enforcement body camera evidence. Courts are having to deal with video evidence from many sources.




Thursday, June 22, 2017

CTC 2017: Is your courthouse prepared for a cyber attack?


The CTC-2017 opening keynote speaker is Mark Lanterman, chief technology officer at Computer Forensic Services in Minneapolis.

He will talk about recent high-profile cyber attacks that have victimized businesses, hospitals, and government agencies. He also will tell us about cyber threats that could specifically hurt the courts, such as “The Dark Web,” “The Internet of Things,” and phishing, among other things.

Also, the full detailed conference schedule is also now available once you have created an account.  It's quick and easy to do.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This and That in Court Tech – June, 2017


https://www.travelwisconsin.com/ 

In this month’s news roundup we learn about Wisconsin's E-filing activities, news about Ravel Law and Court Innovations, Google's improved ability in language recognition, and some notes about improving communication understanding.

And last, some CTC 2017 educational program agenda news.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Technology Solutions for Self-Represented Litigants

The University of Denver's Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) announced the release of Court Compass: Mapping the Future of User Access Through Technology, a compendium and analysis of court-offered solutions for self-represented litigants (SRLs), along with maturity models to guide the development of integrated solutions in courts nationwide. See this recent post on the IAALS Online Issues Blog for more details.

IAALS is also participating with a number of other organizations, including the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), on the newly formed OASIS Litigant Portal Technical Committee (LP TC)

The LP TC will be developing technical standards for litigant portal interfaces that will expedite and simplify development of solutions to assist potential litigants without legal representation overcome barriers of cost and complexity. The work of the LP TC will leverage experiences in recent portal projects as well as requirements identified in a 2015 report titled Building a Litigant Portal: Business and Technical Requirements. Any OASIS member may participate on the LP TC. If you're interested but not yet a member of OASIS, information on how to join is available here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Courts Could Help to Protect Drivers from Traffic Ticket Phishing E-mail


CyberheistNews posted an article about “the NY State Department of Motor Vehicles warning about a phishing scam where New York drivers are being targeted, stating they have 48 hours to pay a fine or have their driver's license revoked.” In this post, we share some ideas that courts may consider to help to reduce or eliminate this problem.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Tyler Technologies Acquires Modria




Via press release on May 30, 2017 -Tyler Technologies, Inc. announced it has acquired Modria, a company specializing in online dispute resolution (ODR) for government and commercial entities, to complement its courts and justice and appraisal and tax solutions.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

CTC 2017 Early Bird Deadline Extended to May 31st

Salt Palace Convention Center

CTC 2017 is only about 100 days away! Are you registered yet?

CTC 2017 features five tracks this year (plus the usual bonus of a separate sponsor track). This year’s sessions will focus on:
  • Show Me the Data!
  • Next Generation Courts
  • Maintaining Public Trust and Confidence
  • User-Friendly Courts
  • Looking to the Future

Check out some of the highlighted sessions in each track, and keep your eyes open for the complete agenda, coming very soon!

Register before May 31st to get the early bird rate of $750.00. Once you register, you’ll be able to secure your hotel room from one of the four great properties, all within walking distance of the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Click here to go to the registration webpage.

Also - click on the registration drop-down menu to learn about the McMillan Scholarship opportunity.  Submissions are due June 19, 2017.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This and That in Court Technology - May, 2017

New US Courts Jury Kiosks

In this month's news we learn about Michigan's E-filing RFP award, two new court tech announcement from the US Federal Courts, new ideas from the Open Law Lab blog on service process in Massachusetts, the Supreme Court of India's new CMS/E-filing system, the 2016 Judicial Effectiveness Index for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and about the 2017 E-Sign Records Conference to be held in San Francisco later this year.

Monday, May 15, 2017

JTC releases "Courts Disrupted" paper . . .


The Joint Technology Committee (JTC) has released a new Resource Bulletin titled “Courts Disrupted.” This paper takes a captivating look at today’s fast-changing world of innovation and public expectations. Recognizing courts will not remain untouched by disruptive innovation, the paper encourages embracing rather than resisting the opportunities to improve business processes and make justice more readily available to a wider audience.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Microsoft AI Services are Getting Real

Brussels Atomium

An excellent article posted on arstechnica.com on May 10, 2107  titled: “Microsoft’s bid to bring AI to every developer is starting to make sense”.  The subtitle is: “The API’s are getting good enough to be built into production systems”.  This is getting interesting.  More on the article below.


Friday, May 5, 2017

DC Courts Compile Report on Remote Public Access to Electronic Court Records


Prepared by the Remote Access to Court Electronic Records (RACER) Committee of the Council for Court Excellence, and assisted by the National Center for State Courts, with funding by the State Justice Institute, the committee released their report in April 2017 on public access to electronic court records.



Friday, April 28, 2017

Tech Notes – April, 2017

CourtHack 2017 Champions

News about CourtHack 2017, a podcast on law enforcement body-worn cameras and the courts, and more from Alabama on court records policy.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

This and That in Court Tech – April, 2017

Illinois' Abraham Lincoln
statue in London

In this round-up of news, we hear about E-filing in Illinois, Identity Theft in Alabama, the NAJIS annual conference, Foxit PDF on forms, warnings about legal chatbots, an article on court/legal algorithmic projects, and an interesting cloud adoption survey results article.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Structuring Documents – Why and How



The challenge we have as courts is to turn documents into actionable information.  We most commonly do this by re-entering data into the case management systems database.  The courts can and should do better by using the software that most everyone already owns.  We discuss below.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sponsorship opportunities at CourtHack 2.0





NCSC will be hosting CourtHack 2.0 April 22-23, 2017 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.



Participating teams will come together from a variety of sources: universities, not-for-profit development groups, industry, courts, and individuals gathering and forming teams on site. We anticipate around 150 participants, dividing into about 30 teams. Court experts from across the county, including judges, court administrators, and court CIOs, will participate as mentors, providing insight into the issues and the potential benefits to both courts and the communities they serve.

The challenge sets for CourtHack 2.0 include:
  1. Fairness in Fees, Fines, and Bail Practices
  2. Fairness: Leveling the Playing Field
  3. Understanding Customer Experience
  4. Translating Legalese to Folksonomy
  5. Social Support for Families in Crisis
  6. Wildcard! Closing Gaps in the Court System
More details can be found at the CourtHack website: http://courthack.org/.

There are also still a number of great sponsorship opportunities available. Go here for details.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time is running out - register now for the 2017 Court Industry Summit

If you are a solution provider to courts, you don't want to miss this opportunity to have an open and candid dialog with thought leaders from the judicial branch and your private-sector peers.

This event will be hosted by the NCSC and facilitated by the IJIS Institute's Courts Advisory Committee. Organizations who are members of IJIS receive a registration discount.

Topics will include technology trends, disruptors, and next-generation court technology standards with perspectives from leaders in federal, state and local courts. You and your industry peers will also have the opportunity to share your perspectives on trends and technologies courts should be considering.

The summit will be held April 19-20 at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal in Princeton, NJ. For more information and to register, go to http://www.ncsc.org/Conferences-and-Events/Industry-Summit-2017.aspx.

Today (March 29) is the last day to get the group rate at the hotel - ghere to make your reservations.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Some More Thoughts on CMS Data Conversion


Recently there has been news about case management systems projects with data conversion error problems.  While we have written about this issue before, I would like to share some more thoughts on this important issue.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

This and That in Court Technology – March, 2017


Time for another round-up of court technology related items.  In this edition we remind everyone of the CTC 2017 proposal deadline, the Wyoming courts need to increase their Court Automation Fee, an online paperless court savings calculator, an argument for AI technology to replace juries in the future, and a story about "Amy Ingram", a digital scheduling assistant "bot" program.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CTC 2017 Call for Proposals


Salt Lake City, Utah skyline

The Court Technology Conference (CTC) 2017 will be held September 12-14 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Palace Convention Center. If you know CTC, you know our tradition of bringing new perspectives to techy tools for the court profession. This year we are reaching out to the court community for session ideas that will energize teams of administrators, technologists, and judges to attend our education program.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Why do Court IT Projects Fail?



A good number of court IT projects fail.  I share my list as to what and why in this Court Tech Bulletin post for the end of February 2017.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CTC-2017 Program Development Survey


Our conference planners for the upcoming CTC-2017 to be held in Salt Lake City from September 12-14, 2017 are asking for your help.  They have posted an online survey to gather your ideas to make the conference the best it can possibly be.


Also, conference registration is open and available at http://www.ctc2017.org/Registration.aspx


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cell phones out of control? Call Yondr.


Fed up with cell phones in your courtroom? Concerned about the surreptitious recording of witnesses, undercover agents and/or jurors? Are your jurors accessing cell/mobile devices when they shouldn't be? Are witnesses in your courtrooms communicating via text when they shouldn't be?   At the E-Courts 2016 conference we learned about Yondr, a company that provides a new and different solution for cell/mobile phone device security in courthouses and secure facilities.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Court Tech Related News and Notes – February, 2017


We have news about Margaret Hagan’s new book, digital justice around the world, New Hampshire’s neutral citation program, Tyler Technology in Maine, a new name for the FACT group, and a survey on social media.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Machine Intelligence Analyses Judges


I have predicted for a very long time that the “market research” that started with consumers in the 90’s with the advent of the Internet would be coming to the courts. LexisNexis made it official this week in their press release “LexisNexis Integrates Lex Machina Legal Analytics into Lexis Advance Online Legal Information Solution”

What does this mean?  I will begin the discussion below.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Courtrooms - How to Get Quiet


We used to say about computers that you can never have too much RAM or too much disk space.  Similarly in courtrooms one cannot make them too quiet.  We discuss why and how on this below.



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

CourtHack 2.0 Coming - Spring, 2017

Robot lawyers that help file court appeals and geo-positioning technology that alerts police officers when court orders are being served in their area are just two of the innovative technologies developed at NCSC’s first CourtHack in 2016. It was so successful that CourtHack 2.0 is being held April 22-23, 2017, at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. CourtHack aims to attract the brightest legal minds, technologists, entrepreneurs, and others to compete in a 30-hour hackathon to develop technologies to improve the administration of justice.  Court experts, including judges, court administrators, and court CIOs from across the country, participate as mentors and advisors.