The Content Below – Connecting with the Buried Business Information

By Jeffrey N. Barlow "The ocean is a desert with its life underground And a perfect disguise above..." A Horse With No Name America, 1971 The classic line from America's forty-five year old classic would be just as true (though nowhere near as hauntingly beautiful and descriptive) if you substituted "file system" or "document repository" … Continue reading The Content Below – Connecting with the Buried Business Information

eFiling is Coming Soon to your State – The Advantages of Mandatory vs. Permissive eFiling

By Brad Smith, Senior Justice Consultant, ImageSoft When I started working on my first state and local court electronic filing project in 1998, I truly felt that it would be adopted much like computer assisted legal research offered by LexisNexis and Westlaw. Here we are, nearly 20 years later, and state and local courts are … Continue reading eFiling is Coming Soon to your State – The Advantages of Mandatory vs. Permissive eFiling

Happy Halloween

One of the great motifs of the "Men in Black" movies is the human disguises used by aliens. A perfectly normal looking human turns out to be a sort of robot or exo-skin for some alien inside who is driving the apparatus. The allure of being able to wear a young, buff, fully-coifed humanoid exterior … Continue reading Happy Halloween

Justice Summit Reflection: From Case Management to Information Management

Experiencing June's Justice Summit in Grand Rapids as usual felt like drinking from a fire hose.  Sadly, I have yet to master the trick of sitting in on three sessions at once, so will have to content myself with reviewing the materials and watching the videos of the sessions I missed when they are posted … Continue reading Justice Summit Reflection: From Case Management to Information Management

Integrating eFiling with the Case Management System

This is Part 4 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 3 here. Courts understand the critical importance of and need for integrating the eFiling system (EFS) with the court's Case Management System (CMS).[1] OK; but what should that integration look like? Just like saying you need transportation to get from home … Continue reading Integrating eFiling with the Case Management System

The Back End of eFiling

Make no mistake: I have been an avid proponent of eFiling for decades. In fact, my enthusiasm for eFiling and mandatory eFiling at that, predated eFiling's actual readiness for prime time by more than a few years. It would be a total mistake to take anything I say here as a criticism of eFiling. With … Continue reading The Back End of eFiling

Background Buzz (More reflections from NACM)

Despite the undisputed convenience and lower cost of online and virtual conferences, there will always be hard to replicate benefits from live conferences. Good conferences, in addition to the material presented, include networking and information exchanges that occur outside of and ancillary to the formal sessions. Moreover, I have found that most court conferences (and … Continue reading Background Buzz (More reflections from NACM)

Gazing Into the Crystal Ball, Part Three: Waving Goodbye to Documents

In a recent post I set forth some predictions of the longer-term consequences of moving to paper on demand, I posted that in the future, "Courts will handle only a small fraction of the number of documents they do today." Here's why. The first stage of implementing a paper-on-demand justice system involves the very profound … Continue reading Gazing Into the Crystal Ball, Part Three: Waving Goodbye to Documents