Technology, social change, and politics are fundamentally changing the operations and even the role of the courts. These developments in turn drive the IT investments of and engagement opportunities with the courts. The Court Industry Summit, held April 19-20 in Princeton New Jersey, is a unique opportunity for court IT solution providers to engage in a free-flowing discussion with leaders of COSCA, NACM, CITOC, and representatives from NCSC.
Joe Wheeler, Senior Partner with MTG and Chair of the IJIS Court Advisory Committee served as one of the featured speakers for the 2-day event. Day one, Mr. Wheeler provided an overview of the progress the court community has made on the issues described in the 2015 Court Industry Summit. On the final day, Mr. Wheeler provided insights on the future of the court IT industry, identifying opportunities and threats facing both the courts and the solution providers that serve the courts.
As part of the National Center for State Courts, Joint Technology Committee’s (JTC’s) NextGen Court Technology Standards initiative, MTG recently launched an outreach effort that engages technology providers to the courts. That outreach includes a survey that will be used to accomplish the following:
- Validate and refine the draft list of components.
- Inform the next steps in the Next-Generation Technology Standards initiative.
- Build an industry directory that is organized using a shared taxonomy.
If you are a technology provider to the courts and have not received or taken this survey yet, please do so. You can access the survey here. By participating, you will have the opportunity to weigh in and help shape this important initiative.
One of the thoughts behind the outreach is to solicit guidance relative to each of the following questions:
- What components apply, and which are relevant to the providers and the consumers of court technology?
- Which components are currently in the greatest demand, and which are available?
- Which components may benefit most quickly from new investment into standards development so that components will talk to each other?
To help answer these questions, the outreach is planned to expand to the courts in the near future.
The Joint Technology Committee (JTC) has recently drafted an application component model for courts. This was drafted in Phase 2 of its NextGen Court Technology Standards initiative. MTG is leveraging and validating this work through industry research on court applications in the context of the Next-Generation Court Technology Standards Application Component Model.
The research will produce a first-of-its-kind catalog of court technology solutions, categorized by this component model. This analysis will provide insights to the JTC on the effectiveness of the current draft of the component model. It will also be used to inform and scope integration standard development efforts for emerging technologies such as litigant portals, on-line dispute resolution, and case triage. Initial survey work began in December 2016. Results will be presented at the Court Industry Summit in Princeton New Jersey on April 19, 2017.
NextGen Court Technology Standards is a strategic initiative of the JTC which represents the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), the National Association for court Management (NACM), and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The initiative was funded through a grant from the State Justice Institute (SJI). The products produced in Phase 1 of the project – the Court Business Capability Model and the Court Business Process Model – were approved by the JTC and can be accessed at JTC Court Technology Standards
MTG staff will be taking an active role in and around the e-Courts 2016 conference, presented by the National Center for State Courts. MTG partner Joe Wheeler, who is the chair of the IJIS Court Advisory Committee, will be teaming with CITOC (Court Information Technology Officers Consortium) to present “Coping with the Accelerating Pace of Technological Change.” That panel discussion is scheduled on the first day of the conference.
Joe will also be assisting CITOC as they conduct their annual meeting prior to the conference, and MTG partner Jim Cabral will be leading the OASIS Electronic Court Filing Standard committee meeting just after the conference.
The e-Courts 2016 conference is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from December 12 through 14, 2016. Registration information is available at the e-Courts website.