IT Corner

We offer several Web links directing court professionals to programs, resources, and developments related to information technology.

 

NATIONAL CENTER FOR STATE COURTS 
www.ncsconline.org 
This is the ultimate location for information on court technology. Among the many resources here are:

Court Technology Vendor List 
http://www.ncsconline.org/d_tech/vendorlist/
A listing of vendors by name, product and service

Case Management System Standards
http://www.ncsconline.org/D_Tech/standards/
The latest information in developing standards for case management automation systems, including history, approved standards, draft standards, model RFP and more.

Technology Services Division
http://www.ncsconline.org/D_Tech/
A wealth of information on e-filing, public access to court records, education and the technology lab.

CITOC - Court Information Technology Officers Consortium http://www.citoc.org/
An organization consisting of members serving in the position of court chief information or technology officers. CITOC fosters the improvement of the courts through the application of technologies to court management, provides a forum for communication among court IT officers and provides support to the work of the Joint Technology Committee (JTC), under the direction of the Boards of COSCA and NACM.

FACT - Forum on the Advancement of Court Technology
www.court-fact.org/
FACT is now a formal NACM committee consisting of public and private sector court professionals in a neutral forum addressing product needs, standards and improved procurement processes for technology in courts. Among the many resources here are:

FACT forums
www.court-fact.org/
An ongoing update of issues relating to court technology.

Joint Technology Committee
http://www.ncsconline.org/D_Tech/jtc/

Department of Justice - Office of Justice Programs
www.it.ojp.gov
An amazing clearinghouse for criminal justice technology initiatives, including:

Legal XML standards
http://it.ojp.gov/jxdm/
Standards to harness eXtensible Markup Language to solve problems in integration of justice data systems.

IT Initiative Products
http://it.ojp.gov/topic.jsp?topic_id=85
Several useful PDF files and Web links to justice related IT initiatives.

IJIS Institute
www.ijis.org
This organization serves as the voice of industry, uniting the private and public sectors to improve mission-critical information sharing in criminal justice, public safety, and homeland security. Among the many resources available at their site is:

The Pre-RFP Toolkit
This is a powerful program that can assist court professionals assess technology project needs BEFORE the RFP is developed. It can be found online at www.ijis.org/_resources/pre_rfpCD.html.

SEARCH
www.search.org
The "National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics." Among the many resources here are:

Court Business Process Enhancement Guide 
http://www.search.org/files/pdf/CourtBPEGuide.pdf
The purpose of this guide is to help court professionals prepare for technology change and adjust to the changes that technology brings to the courts. The primary focus is on how to enhance the business processes in courts.

JIEM (Justice Information Exchange Model)
http://www.search.org/integration/info_exchange.asp
A web-based modeling tool and a methodology to capture detailed information regarding the processes, events, agencies, information and exchange conditions associated with justice information integration.

Other Interesting Resources
Here are several other court technology resources:

Self Help Support
www.selfhelpsupport.org
An "on-line resource where pro se/self-help programs can access and share the resources they need to maximize their effectiveness in building a justice system that is open to all."