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Exploring the Advisory Committees - Part IV - Courts

Posted By Alex McAdoo, Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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

Tags:  courts 

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2018 Courts Industry Summit Recap

Posted By Robert L. May II, Thursday, September 27, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The IJIS Institute and the National Center for State Courts hosted the third annual Courts Industry Summit on September 17-18, 2018, at the Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg, Florida. The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for industry technology leaders to engage in free-flowing discussion with leaders of Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), National Association for Court Management (NACM), and the Court Information Technology Officers Consortium (CITOC), and representatives from the IJIS Institute, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

The objective of this two-day event was to provide industry with insights on the current and emerging technology needs of the courts over the next two to six years. Working side by side, court and industry technology leaders identified business problems, brainstormed opportunities, and charted a course for future court technology.

The event started with a welcome from the Summit hosts, Joe Wheeler, chair of the IJIS Institute’s Courts Advisory Committee, and Paul Embley, CIO for the National Center for State Courts. Joe provided a brief history of the outcomes of the previous Summits.

  • The first Summit in 2016 focused on large unified and decentralized courts, specialty court opportunities, standards, and trends. Major problems/opportunities discussed included: online dispute resolution, triage of lifecycle, integration of data sharing, online self-help systems, management of court consumers, language access, digital analytics, and risk assessments.
  • The 2017 Summit discussed numerous topics including: the court component model, courts disputed, online dispute resolution, triage, fines, fees and bail, federal perspective, and the state court administrator perspective. Four opportunities identified in 2017 were: litigant portal, court component model, the provider directory, and a procurement summit. The latter two opportunities have been acted upon. Thanks to the hard work of the IJIS Courts Advisory Committee, the Court Provider Directory has been developed and currently includes 50 companies and will soon be over 100. It is now online at A Court Technology Procurement Reform Workshop for court leaders and technology staff, court technology vendors, and RFP consultants was conducted in November of 2017 by the National Center for State Courts in collaboration with COSCA, NACM, CITOC, the IJIS Institute Courts Advisory Committee, and the Trial Courts of Maricopa County.
  • Next, Joe Wheeler described the purpose, objectives, and opportunities, for the next two days. Joe outlined how the Summits provide industry access to court leaders to gain insights about business plans and future IT investments.

The following sessions were presented on day one, each followed by a facilitated discussion:

  • The rear window is clear, the front window a mess. It is easy to see where we’ve been, but hard to tell where we’re going.
  • Court Perspectives: where will time, money and resources be allocated over the next 3-5 years?
  • Priorities and Predictions for 2018: Joint Technology Committee & Global Justice Information Sharing Advisory Committee
  • Industry Perspectives - What technology trends have industry participants witnessed in other sectors?  What technology challenges are unique to the judicial branch?  Which cutting-edge strategies could assure sustainable private-sector development and improved access to justice?
  • Procurement Summit
  • Court Component Model: What’s Missing? What Interfaces Are Needed? Are There Logical Product Groupings?

The day concluded with participants submitting their top four court-related business problems in writing.

On the second day of the event, Di Graski formed breakout groups to brainstorm on each of the identified business problems. At the end of the working groups, each reported out the group’s discussions or resolutions to the full audience after the intensive session. The four identified problems from this Courts Industry Summit were:

  1. Fostering Public Private Partnerships – How can we enable these partnerships?
  2. Open Data Standards, Court Component Model
  3. Communication to improve responsiveness to courts urgent needs
  4. Enhanced Procurement Processes - What would a wide-open RFP look like?

In addition to these top four topics, CTOC members met to discuss top CTOC issues.

Leveraging the breakout groups’ recommendations, participants then identified and assigned appropriate follow-up actions stemming from the 2018 Courts Industry Summit. One of the next steps identified was to take some existing RFPs and convert to the Court Component Model by restructuring it, better defining it, and prioritizing which capabilities are most important. The IJIS Courts Advisory Committee agreed to help with developing templates.

Joe Wheeler did an outstanding job in hosting and facilitating the Summit and has been a great leader of the IJIS Courts Advisory Committee, spearheading many key initiatives related to advancing public-sector technology and information sharing in the courts domain. With the information gained in this Summit, the IJIS Courts Advisory Committee will continue to further the IJIS mission in the courts arena. If you are interested in joining the Courts Advisory Committee and getting involved in the IJIS Institute, please let us know at

Tags:  courts  courts industry summit 

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Advancing Information Sharing in the Courts Community

Posted By Ashwini Jarral, Monday, August 10, 2015
Updated: Friday, August 7, 2015

Last month, I attended the National Association for Court Management’s (NACM) conference in Louisville, Kentucky, along with Steve Ambrosini, IJIS Institute’s executive director, and Joe Wheeler, the chair of the IJIS Institute’s Courts Advisory Committee and the senior partner for MTG Management Consultants.  

The IJIS Institute continues to broaden its focus to the larger community of interest, and the inroads we have made with the courts, thanks in large part to Joe and the Courts Advisory Committee, are really an incredible advancement for information sharing and for our Members.  

The IJIS Institute is now the official industry partner for NACM as well as the Court Information Technology Officers Consortium (CITOC), a joint effort of NACM, the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The IJIS Courts Advisory Committee will be the primary liaison between NACM and CITOC.  

Plans are also being made for a Courts Industry Forum to be held November 11-12 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The model for this event will be similar to the IJIS Corrections Technology Forum, where industry and practitioners can share information and experience. NCSC will also be holding Hackathon event on November 14-15 at the same venue as the Industry Forum in Salt Lake, Utah.  

I would like to express my thanks to Joe and the Courts Advisory Committee for their continued work in advancing the IJIS information sharing and safeguarding mission in the courts community.

Tags:  CITOC  COSCA  courts  NACM  NCSC 

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