3.6 Million Records Flooded: The Houghton County Courthouse Hurt by Washed-Out Paper Storage Methods

Houghton County, a common summer hiatus for many Michiganders, has suffered a not-so-hot summer. Just as the county was closing several of its beaches due to high bacteria levels, the Houghton County Courthouse fell victim to a flood that drenched its more than 3.6 million paper documents. The water infiltrated the storage vault in the … Continue reading 3.6 Million Records Flooded: The Houghton County Courthouse Hurt by Washed-Out Paper Storage Methods

Silver Tsunamis are Coming, and the Times? They’re a Changin’!

By: Katie Pusz, Copywriter, ImageSoft Have you heard of the “silver tsunami”? No, you didn’t miss a weather alert - we’re not talking about a physically destructive storm. But, just as threatening, there is a metaphorical mess that’s brewing across the nation as a flood of state and local government personnel begin to retire. While … Continue reading Silver Tsunamis are Coming, and the Times? They’re a Changin’!

Wine, Cloth, Carpentry and Court Automation

By Jeff Barlow, Justice Consultant, ImageSoft It's pretty intuitive that when it costs less to acquire and run an automated system than to pay people to do the same work it makes financial sense to implement the technology. However, what is a lot less intuitive, but, paradoxically, a lot more true, is that it can … Continue reading Wine, Cloth, Carpentry and Court Automation

The Coming Wave – Preparing for Big Data

For those who aren't sitting around contemplating the nature, trajectory, and implications of Big Data and Deep Learning, know that you are not alone. I'm pretty sure they haven't yet hit the top of the cocktail circuit or social media current topics listings. Which in some respects is interesting; because we are currently becoming immersed … Continue reading The Coming Wave – Preparing for Big Data

eFiling: Audit Trail and Confidentiality

This is Part 10 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 9 here. To conclude this eFiling series, let's look back at a few pieces posted in the past that dealt with the enhancement of both the audit trail and the control over confidentiality offered by eFiling. Audit Trail One of the … Continue reading eFiling: Audit Trail and Confidentiality

Electronic Filing: Law Firm Considerations

This is Part 9 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 8 here.  Ten to fifteen years ago, some of the strongest advocacy for the rather radical idea of eFiling came from large law firms. While smaller firms had some serious doubts as to "what was in it for them", larger firms … Continue reading Electronic Filing: Law Firm Considerations

Data-Centric eFiling

This is Part 6 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 5 here. It's easy to think of the key differentiating feature between traditional, paper document filing and eFiling as relating primarily to the method whereby the document is transported and received. That is, physically in traditional filing, and electronically in eFiling. … Continue reading Data-Centric eFiling

Workflow – The Life of a Document After Review

This is Part 5 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 4. An image I use to describe eFiling without automated workflow is Fred Flintstone's car: it looks automated; but somehow the driver is still doing all the work. From the filer's perspective, once a document is filed, electronically or otherwise, the … Continue reading Workflow – The Life of a Document After Review

In Praise of Tortoises

Jeff is currently on vacation and the eFiling series will resume upon his return with part 2 – Electronic Court Filing Standards. Reading U.S. supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts's 2014 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary I am reminded of an episode from my parenting years involving my youngest daughter. Trying to get her … Continue reading In Praise of Tortoises

Seven Classic Arguments Against eFiling And How they’re Holding Up (HINT: Not Well)

This is Part 1 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series. eFiling became mainstream some time in the past couple of years. Although it is still far from universal, most court observers regard it as inevitable. But things were not always thus. Recently I had cause to reflect on what, back in "The Day", were … Continue reading Seven Classic Arguments Against eFiling And How they’re Holding Up (HINT: Not Well)