Tracks at a Glance
Track A: Self-Represented Litigants
The trend is clear: more parties than ever participate in litigation without an attorney. In some case types, like domestic, a majority of cases now involve at least one pro se party. Track A is dedicated to investigating how technology can assist self-represented litigants. CTC’s SRL track will discuss
(1) progress in designing and implementing user-friendly self-help portals,
(2) a roadmap toward a court technology environment that SRLs can successfully navigate, and
(3) future opportunities arising from ubiquitous mobile devices.
Track B: Judicial Officials' Use of Court Technology
Historically, court technology was designed to manage litigation’s administrative tasks more efficiently: case creation, scheduling, notifications, and mandatory reporting to justice partners. Too often treated as an afterthought (or overlooked entirely) are the court’s adjudicatory processes. Track B offers a thorough conversation about judicial officials’ needs for technology on the bench and in chambers that enhances their achievement of the court’s core mission: the timely, fair, and just resolution of disputes.
Track C: Management of Court IT
The rapid evolution of technology directly impacts the operation of IT teams, resources, and partnerships – and radically changes the expectations of users. Track C will explore how best to manage court technology to achieve agility, innovation, and value on investment. The challenges are many: paradigm shifts in service provision (but government contracting rules that lag behind), Gen Y’s views of the workplace (starkly contrasted with circa-1970 public personnel policies), and increasing demands for user control of features and mobility.
Track D: Video Remote Interpretation
Fundamentally, due process means the right to understand and to be understood. However, the traditional approach to providing language interpretation – an in-person interpreter – is difficult for courts to sustain. Remote interpretation helps to alleviate the cost and delay, but the judicial branch is struggling with a patchwork of certification requirements, proprietary software, and disparate hardware configurations. Track D’s goal is to achieve consensus about national standards that will enable interoperable remote interpretation and thereby meet the needs of litigants with limited English proficiency.
Track E: Reaping the Benefits of Court Technology
Courts have invested millions of dollars in technology over the past forty years but are left with a nagging question, “Are we optimizing our use of court technology?” Track E seeks to shed light on the critical intersection of human factors, business processes, and technology, with the purpose of discovering new ways to maximize the value of our court technology investments.
Track F: Next-Generation CMS, DMS
By some counts, court case management systems are poised for version 4.0: adaptive case management systems meeting the needs of knowledge workers with highly configurable business processes and seamless integration of data sources. Track F is the place to discuss how adaptive case management will be manifested in the courts, from e-documents to composable CMS modules.
Using technology in the courtroom for evidence presentation and remote testimony is now main-stream, so what innovations can we expect to see next? Join presenters from the Center for Legal and Court Technology (Courtroom 21) and FACT (Forum for the Advancement of Court Technology) as they demonstrate new products and concepts that may revolutionize the future of court process and management. The information is presented through a series of topics and an actual trial that includes several innovative products including 3D evidence presentation. Tracks are offered in a variety of topics ensuring something of interest for all aspects of courtroom administration and how technology on the horizon will affect and modify current processes.