Over the past several weeks, this blog series has examined the importance of the IJIS Advisory Committees and their work in collaborating with the public and private sectors. The unique alliances formed through member participation in advisory committees help the IJIS Institute achieve our important mission of driving public sector technology innovation and empowering information sharing to promote safer and healthier communities.
Part two of this series focused on the CJIS Advisory Committee, while part three concentrated on the Corrections Advisory Committee. This blog focuses on the IJIS Courts Advisory Committee (ICAC).
The ICAC promotes the innovation, adoption and effective use of court information technology to support civil and criminal justice communities while advancing an open dialogue among leading industry providers, courts practitioners and practitioner organizations. Through the ICAC, IJIS Institute member companies work to increase industry and government awareness and understanding of the importance of standards, technology challenges that impact the courts community, and how vital court information can be shared with other entities. The ICAC includes representatives of practitioner agencies and organizations including the Court Information Technology Officer’s Consortium (CITOC), National Center for State Courts (NCSC), National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), National Association for Court Management (NACM), and the Joint Technology Committee (established by the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), NACM and NCSC).
Chaired by Joe Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer for MTG Management Consultants, the ICAC has 29 active members with extensive courts experience and expertise. The ICAC supports innovation, adoption and effective use of court information technologies using standards, applications, information sharing, and management best practices. The ICAC is currently focusing on the following projects and topic areas:
- Court Component Model
- Online Dispute Resolution
- Solution Provider Directory
- National Court Data Standards
- Litigant Portals
- Cloud Solution Certification Requirements
Two years ago, the ICAC created (and now maintains) the Court Technology Provider Directory, accessible on the IJIS Institute website. This free service provides court technology professionals with the ability to search for court technology solution providers and research a multitude of available products and solutions. The directory uses the Court Component Model as a basis for categorizing the products within the directory.
Additionally, the ICAC has supported and collaborated in the development of white papers on a variety of different topics in the industry. Some of these resources include, but are not limited to: GDPR for US Courts, Marketing a Court Website: Helping the Public Find the Court Online, The Role of Courts in Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS), and Cloud Computing for the Courts.
In the upcoming year, the ICAC will be hosting the 2020 Courts Industry Summit. This one of a kind event aims to provide a vital understanding of court demand for information technology, while allowing an opportunity for industry technology leaders to engage in free-flowing discussion with practitioners. Leaders in the national court community discuss what problems and opportunities they face and where they see their investments in technology over the next five years. The collaborative event will also provide forthright insights on marketing to the courts and their justice partners.
The Committee is, at its core, a facility for connecting organizations and professionals working to improve the delivery of justice using technology. Looking ahead, ICAC members will be working shoulder to shoulder with experts from the courts community to address topics including the use of augmented intelligence in court applications, the effective use of data and algorithms in bail decisions, expanding the domain of the trial courts as an electronic forum for resolving disputes, and cyber security.
For any questions regarding the IJIS Institute’s Courts Advisory Committee, or to inquire about joining the Committee, please contact staff liaison, Diane Ragans, at Diane.Ragans@ijis.org.