IJIS eXCHANGE: The World Has Changed

In response to the current Pandemic, courts worldwide have scrambled to cobble together technology solutions to keep their doors open – at least virtually. Though they have succeeded in this effort initially and have broken down long-standing barriers to technology adoption in the courts, these accomplishments have not been seamless. Courts have been facing inefficiencies, unfulfilled needs and promises, unintended consequences, and finally, openings for slipping back into legacy practices.

MTG recently sponsored and hosted an IJIS eXCHANGE technology summit focused on engaging practitioners AND industry, through our open-ended discussion to examine the progress and what is needed to advance the fidelity of virtual court operations. 

In particular, COVID has broken both the operating model of the courts and the barriers to the adoption of court technology.  Calls for social justice have injected urgency and underscored the need for care and equity in implementing technology solutions.  This session focused on the rapidly evolving business model and technology demands of the courts.  This panel discusses the landscape and the new paradigm/framework for court operations and technology.

You can view this summit session at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NGHXkGszhQ.  You can view other IJIS summits and webinars at https://www.ijis.org/page/videos_webinars.

Recent IJIS Publication – “Technology Adoption in Public Safety, Justice and Law Enforcement: Roadmap for Success”

MTG wanted to share IJIS’s recently published “Technology Adoption Roadmap to Success” white paper. In which the IJIS Institute’s Technology and Architecture Committee (ITAC) is chartered with providing information to industry and practitioners regarding technologies, architectures, and standards that enable the successful adoption of technology in order to better meet their operational missions. Technology adoption is a discipline that crosses the criminal justice (Law Enforcement, Corrections, Courts), homeland security and public safety (Fire, EMS, Emergency Management) domains. The ITAC has developed this position paper on technology adoption for the benefit of our practitioners in these specific domains.

IJIS Mission: To drive public sector technology innovation and empower information sharing to promote safer and healthier communities.

Link below to publication:

MTG’s Mr. Jim Cabral Recognized as a 2020 OASIS Distinguished Contributor

MTG’s Mr. Jim Cabral has been selected as one of the 2020 OASIS Distinguished Contributors! This recognition comes to those few members who consistently stand-out among their peers in their OASIS work. 

Mr. Cabral was nominated by peers from around the country who recognized him for his contributions including: introduction of new standards work, including the pervasively used Electronic Court Filing Standard; thought leadership across many national groups; and influence that attracted many new participants to OASIS work.  

Baseline Protocol and SAML Win 2020 Open Cup Awards; OASIS Open Honors Jim Cabral, Jane Ginn, and Bret Jordan – OASIS Open (oasis-open.org)

From OASIS: Each year, the Distinguished Contributor designation is awarded to a select group of OASIS members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of open standards and/or open source projects. Selected by OASIS staff with feedback from the member community, the Distinguished Contributor program identifies exemplar members for their work.

This year, the award goes to Jim Cabral of MTG Management Consultants for his work in LegalXML; Jane Ginn of Cyber Threat Intelligence Network for her contributions to the Cyber Threat Intelligence Technical Committee; and Bret Jordan of Broadcom for his contributions to several cybersecurity standards including CACAO, OpenC2, and STIX.

OASIS Distinguished Contributor status is held in perpetuity, similar to a “Lifetime Achievement Award” or “Hall of Fame”.  This year’s winners will join their distinguished colleagues listed at https://www.oasis-open.org/member-roster/distinguished-contributors/ in this honor.

Thanks to all the members who submitted nominations and inputs into the decision process.  And thanks to these select distinguished members for their dedication and hard work in support of the OASIS mission.  They are leaders among a population of great members.

NEWS FROM OASIS: Electronic Court Filing v5.0 from ECF TC approved as a Committee Specification

MTG is excited to share the latest announcement from OASIS.  Great work from OASIS and MTG’s very own Mr. James E. Cabral as the chairman of the committee that created this specification.

OASIS Members and other interested parties,

OASIS is pleased to announce that Electronic Court Filing Version 5.0 from the OASIS LegalXML Electronic Court Filing TC [1] has been approved as an OASIS Committee Specification.

ECF defines a technical architecture and a set of components, operations and message structures for an electronic court filing system, and sets forth rules governing its implementation. Version 5.0 provides a number of enhancements including:

  •  Support for scheduling of court hearings using WS-Calendar
  •  Limited electronic service of process to process servers and registered agents
  •  New Document Stamp and operations support retrieval of case information required for stamping
  •  New Court Policy MDE to better support electronic filing systems with multiple FilingReview MDEs
  •  Support for cancellation of filings
  •  Conformance with the 4.0 version of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), a national standard for information sharing, new NIEM domains including Biometrics and Human Services
  •  Conformance with the NIEM Code Lists specification version 1.0 and the representation of all ECF code lists in Genericode format
  •  Conformance with the 2.2 version of the Universal Business Language (UBL)
  •  Better management of extensions through NIEM augmentations
  •  Deprecated content references (e.g. referring to related entities with common identifiers) in favor or element references (e.g. referring to related elements with structures:ref attributes) as described in Reference Rules
  •  Clarifications and improvements throughout the specification based on feedback from implementers of the ECF 4.0 and 4.01 specifications.

Version 5.0 does not assume that prior versions will be deprecated. However, it is not backward-compatible and applications using the ECF 3.0, 3.01 and 3.1, 4.0 and 4.01 specifications will not interoperate successfully with applications using this version.

This Committee Specification is an OASIS deliverable, completed and approved by the TC and fully ready for testing and implementation.

The prose specifications and related files are available here:

Electronic Court Filing Version 5.0
Committee Specification 01
18 April 2019

Editable source (Authoritative):



XML schemas and Genericode code lists:

XML example messages:

Model and documentation:

UML model artifacts:

Distribution ZIP fil
For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:


Members of the LegalXML Courtfiling TC [1] approved this specification by Special Majority Vote. The specification had been released for public review as required by the TC Process [2]. The vote to approve as a Committee Specification passed [3], and the document is now available online in the OASIS Library as referenced above.

Our congratulations to the TC on achieving this milestone and our thanks to the reviewers who provided feedback on the specification drafts to help improve the quality of the work.

===============Additional references===============

[1] OASIS LegalXML Electronic Court Filing TC


[2] Public reviews:

– 60-day public review, September 2017:


– Comment resolution log:


– 15-day public review, October 2018:


– Comment resolution log:


– 15-day public review, December 2018:


– Comment resolution log:


– 15-day public review, March 2019:


– Comment resolution log:


[3] Approval ballot:


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