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Court Technology Directory

The Court Technology Directory is a product of the IJIS Institute’s Courts Advisory Committee and provides a free service for court technology professionals to look for court technology solution providers and research the available products and solutions providers. The Court Technology Directory uses the Court Component Model (discussed below) as a basis for the categorization within the directory. The Court Technology Directory is open to all solution providers, but IJIS Institute Member companies receive top billing because of their commitment to the IJIS mission of public sector technology innovation and empowering information sharing to promote safer and healthier communities.

The Court Industry Summit

The annual Court Industry Summit is an opportunity for industry technology leaders to engage in free-flowing discussion with leaders of the National Association for Court Management (NACM), the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), and Court Information Technology Officers Consortium (CITOC), and representatives from the IJIS Institute, National Center for State Courts (NCSC), and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. The objective of this event is 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 will identify business problems, brainstorm opportunities, and chart a course for future court technology. The next Court Industry Summit will be in late 2019.

Court Component Model

The IJIS Institute participated in an effort by the Joint Technology Committee (JTC) –  established by COSCA, NACM, and NCSC – to produce the Court Component Model.

Court software solutions and case management systems (CMS) have traditionally been implemented as monolithic solutions provided by a single vendor. This one-size-fits-all approach has proven ineffective in today’s world of constantly changing requirements and increasing use of technology. Alternatively, a component-based approach allows for logical groupings of functional capabilities (components) that can be implemented independently with standards-based interfaces to support required interactions and work flows. Court Component Model white paper introduces this component-based approach and a proposes an Application Component Model for courts.

Courts Advisory Committee

The Courts Advisory Committee of the IJIS Institute is a very active committee that studies the court technology landscape and produces outputs to help industry and practitioners tackle today’s challenges in the court technology space.

Whitepapers and Publications

InfoBrief: Court Roles in Criminal History Records 

The IJIS Institute Courts Advisory Committee created an info brief on The Role of Courts in Accuracy and Completeness of Criminal History Records. The information contained in criminal history repositories is essential to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies. The use of criminal history information for non-law enforcement purposes, such as background checks for firearms, employment, licensing, and other purposes, is rapidly growing, resulting in greater awareness and growing criticism. Most of the criticism is focused on concerns about the integrity of computerized criminal history (CCH) records, and, in particular, records that are not complete, accurate, and timely.

Info Brief: Cloud Computing and the Courts 

Courts today are plagued with rising upfront software licensing costs and operational expenditures that make it difficult to take the next step to modernize their information systems, mainly the case management system. Cloud computing, more commonly known as the cloud, provides alternative solutions to address this issue while providing ease of access to information for citizens and judicial officers in a secure and efficient manner. However, cloud computing comes with some inherent challenges that need to be addressed in implementing a cloud solution. This Info Brief introduces cloud computing for courts along with benefits and challenges. 

The Role of Courts in CJIS 

Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) focus on the collection, processing, preservation, and dissemination of criminal history, case, and incident information among justice partners and courts. Courts and court-related agencies are key to the criminal justice process. Criminal justice agencies and courts create, share, and publish significant amounts of information within the CJIS. This white paper focuses on the exchange of information within the criminal justice community.

Courts 101 - An Understanding of the Court System 

This paper was prepared to help readers better understand the intricacies of the Judicial Branch in local, state, and federal courts by providing a high-level overview of the court system, its processes, responsibilities, case flow, and person roles. It provides an overview of federal and state court systems and the different jurisdictions within these systems and demonstrates why integration with other stakeholders is vital to the efficacy and efficiency of all court and the successful assimilation of the judicial branch in the integrated justice process today.

Other Activities

The Courts Advisory Committee acts as a primary liaison to many of the court associations on the national and state level. The group provides subject matter expertise for conferences and events, participate in joint boards and task forces, and helps promote activities and outputs to help court technology professionals innovate and succeed.