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Friday, November 16, 2012

Courts - "State chief justices and court administrators met this week in Washington, D.C., to discuss policy priorities for the upcoming year and beyond"

Terry Carter has this article at ABA Journal.com. A quote from near the end:

In Utah, the civil courts are now paperless and the entire system will be, said panelist Daniel Becker, Utah State Court Administrator. “We’re asking judges to go on the bench without files, (and with) only a computer.”

Panelist Eric Hutchings, a member of the Utah House of Representatives, says the court system became so candid and transparent with all its financial records and spending that it gained the legislature’s trust for when it makes budgetary requests.

“They shook up the courts like I’ve never seen any corporation, public or private organization anywhere shake it up,” said Hutchings, who also is a financial services professional. Court system leaders also discussed detailed guidance in a compendium developed by the National Center for State Courts for helping legislatures understand the unique budgeting problems facing courts. It is titled “Principles for Judicial Administration.”

More on Utah in this article in Governing by Dylan Scott headed "State Courts Go Digital as Budget Pressures Mount." A quote:
Pressed by those fiscal realities, Utah brought its courts into the 21st century. They started by switching to digital audio, instead of professional court recorders, to document all court activity. The civil side of the system has gone completely paperless, with all filings occurring online. Payments are made through online transactions. Warrants are filed through an electronic system. The courts also established an online self-help resource, designed particularly for self-representing litigants, and set specific performance metrics to gauge how they were doing.
[More] WSJ Law Blog reports this morning: "Budget Shortfall Closes 10 Los Angeles Courthouses."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 16, 2012 09:43 AM
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