Implementing Judicial Tools
This document is the second in a series published by the Joint Technology Committee (JTC). The JTC is made up of representatives from the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), the National Association for Court Management (NACM)
and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
Judicial Tools are applications that address the day-to-day operational needs of judges. A judicial tools project is smaller than a case or document management system project and will require a different approach than other court technology initiatives. This paper provides a basic explanation of technology options and implementation considerations for courts planning a judicial tools initiative.
Making the Case for Judicial Tools
This document is a product of the Joint Technology Committee (JTC) established by the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
Despite monumental success in automating case management processes for court clerks, court systems fall short in meeting the case processing, judicial decision making, and management needs specific to trial court judges on the bench and in chambers . Recognizing this gap, the Joint Technology Committee (JTC) appointed a Judicial Tools Working Group in December 2013 to research and document those technology and judicial case management needs. With the appropriate tools, technology should assist judges in performing their duties , as well as improve the operational efficiency of the court and the quality of service to patrons of the justice system. This paper introduces the concept of Judicial Case Flow Management (JCFM) for the purpose of shaping future discussions on the development of technology and the needs of the court from a judicial perspective.
The Judicial Workbench Roadmap: You Are Here, a 2015 Court Technology Conference presentation included a Power Point Presentation that features a Judicial Tools Maturity Model. The chart can be found on Page 13 of the Power Point Presentation.
Court Technology Bulletin Blog sponsored by the National Center for the State Courts:
Electronic Record Standards and Principles – Order by Illinois Supreme Court, dated January 1, 2013.