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

Still Want Those Printers? Ask Benjamin the Donkey

"Benjamin the donkey... would say ... that God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would rather have no tail and no flies." From Animal Farm, by George Orwell A friend complained to me about the succession of problems with her printer. It was when she started telling me … Continue reading Still Want Those Printers? Ask Benjamin the Donkey

Confronting Court Document Retention Policy in the Era of Electronic Content

In Animal House (one of my favorite movies), the trial scene has its own instructive moral. The Dean, through his smarmy hench-students, hauls the fun-loving and rule-oblivious Delta brothers into Student Court to answer for their "too numerous to name" peccadillos. The allegations are (or would be, if allowed to be heard) supported by extensive … Continue reading Confronting Court Document Retention Policy in the Era of Electronic Content

Armor Up: Electronic Court Tools for Judges

Recently I saw an exhibit of a fully equipped Roman Legionnaire from the early Roman Empire. All that stuff – armor, sword, shield, spear – sure looked heavy. Interesting enough in itself; but later that day, I happened to see a picture of a fully outfitted American soldier in battle gear. And I thought, "Hmmm..." … Continue reading Armor Up: Electronic Court Tools for Judges

A Horse is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course…Unless It’s an Electronic Document

When the locomotive first appeared, and for some time thereafter, it was commonly called "The Iron Horse.” The use of "horse" certainly helped cast the new technology in terms people who had grown up in a horse-drawn society could understand. However, while locomotives performed functions once performed by horses, they were not, in any sense, … Continue reading A Horse is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course…Unless It’s an Electronic Document

Courts and the Network of Everything

This month’s NACM Annual Conference had excellent presentations and conversations regarding where courts are heading given current and emerging technological, demographic, political, financial and social trends. Big players among the trends discussed included both networking and social media. One result for me was a couple of either epiphanies or mild mental episodes (hard to tell … Continue reading Courts and the Network of Everything

Who Is That Lurking in the Shadows?

One of the difficult, but necessary, aspects of successfully migrating courts to paper on demand is tracking down and making appropriate changes to anachronistic laws and rules that require, or are perceived to require, paper. I had assumed that the primary challenges were a) identifying them; and b) getting them appropriately changed. Never did it … Continue reading Who Is That Lurking in the Shadows?

Court Document Retention

In the interest of full disclosure, let me say, up front, that I believe both ends of the Court Document Retention discussion will be laid to rest and ultimately forgotten over the next five to 10 years, if not sooner. By "both ends" I mean, first, the question of "In what medium (paper, microfiche, or … Continue reading Court Document Retention

Channeling Ben Hogan: How eFiling Helps Improve Court Data Entry

One of the classic urban legends of golf goes like this:  An amateur once asked, I believe, Ben Hogan, "How can I increase my percentage of one-putts?"   To which Hogan famously replied, "Hit your approach shot close to the hole." With that broad hint, consider the following trick question: Question: What is the best strategy for … Continue reading Channeling Ben Hogan: How eFiling Helps Improve Court Data Entry

Change Your Luck

I like to think of myself as a fairly positive-minded guy.  Still, just like everyone, some days I can identify with Joe Btfsplk (not a misspelling - if you don't get the reference, Google it), the perpetually bad-luck victim with a black cloud over his head from the old comic strip "L'il Abner".     One … Continue reading Change Your Luck