eFiling Bind-Overs and Appeals: Harvesting Some Low-Hanging Fruit

This is Part 8 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 7 here. In the standard model of eFiling, a litigant (whether private or public) initiates a case by eFiling with the court. Another, sometimes overlooked, opportunity to harvest some low-hanging fruit involves court-to-court eFiling. Using eFiling to transfer matters from a … Continue reading eFiling Bind-Overs and Appeals: Harvesting Some Low-Hanging Fruit

Workflow – The Life of a Document After Review

This is Part 5 of 10 in the eFiling Blog Series, check out Part 4. An image I use to describe eFiling without automated workflow is Fred Flintstone's car: it looks automated; but somehow the driver is still doing all the work. From the filer's perspective, once a document is filed, electronically or otherwise, the … Continue reading Workflow – The Life of a Document After Review

In Praise of Tortoises

Jeff is currently on vacation and the eFiling series will resume upon his return with part 2 – Electronic Court Filing Standards. Reading U.S. supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts's 2014 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary I am reminded of an episode from my parenting years involving my youngest daughter. Trying to get her … Continue reading In Praise of Tortoises

The Information Tsunami

The Trend - Access to specialized knowledge, information and expertise is heading toward ubiquity. The Internet, with intelligent search capability, renders virtually every fact, document, video and most other data available to everyone, with just the use of a simple query. Increased processing power is bringing "expert systems" closer to "artificial intelligence." There are at … Continue reading The Information Tsunami

The Art and Folly of Prediction

Go to any court conference these days and you'll find that a main topic, if not THE main topic, is "change." In my previous post, I discussed my sense that the rate of change occurring in the courts surpasses almost all current expectations. A part of me hopes I'm wrong. However, I'm keeping that part … Continue reading The Art and Folly of Prediction

Still Want Those Printers? Ask Benjamin the Donkey

"Benjamin the donkey... would say ... that God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would rather have no tail and no flies." From Animal Farm, by George Orwell A friend complained to me about the succession of problems with her printer. It was when she started telling me … Continue reading Still Want Those Printers? Ask Benjamin the Donkey

Too Good To Pass Up

The Time: The 13th Century A.D. The Place: Western Europe The Government: The Holy Roman Empire The Legacy Technology: Vellum and Parchment The New (well, to Europe, anyway) Technology: Paper The Law: No Document on Paper May Be Considered An Official Document While it may be true that I have — to put it charitably … Continue reading Too Good To Pass Up

Confronting Court Document Retention Policy in the Era of Electronic Content

In Animal House (one of my favorite movies), the trial scene has its own instructive moral. The Dean, through his smarmy hench-students, hauls the fun-loving and rule-oblivious Delta brothers into Student Court to answer for their "too numerous to name" peccadillos. The allegations are (or would be, if allowed to be heard) supported by extensive … Continue reading Confronting Court Document Retention Policy in the Era of Electronic Content

Why Manual Paper Processes in Courts are the Equivalent of a Bad Hair Day

Being follicly challenged (at least on my scalp), I think hair is overrated. Thus I have a limited amount of sympathy when I hear complaints about bad hair days. I like to think I’m not vain. And in that vein (no pun intended), I’m no fashion hound and am usually not critical of the appearance … Continue reading Why Manual Paper Processes in Courts are the Equivalent of a Bad Hair Day