3.6 Million Records Flooded: The Houghton County Courthouse Hurt by Washed-Out Paper Storage Methods

Houghton County, a common summer hiatus for many Michiganders, has suffered a not-so-hot summer. Just as the county was closing several of its beaches due to high bacteria levels, the Houghton County Courthouse fell victim to a flood that drenched its more than 3.6 million paper documents. The water infiltrated the storage vault in the … Continue reading 3.6 Million Records Flooded: The Houghton County Courthouse Hurt by Washed-Out Paper Storage Methods

Silver Tsunamis are Coming, and the Times? They’re a Changin’!

By: Katie Pusz, Copywriter, ImageSoft Have you heard of the “silver tsunami”? No, you didn’t miss a weather alert - we’re not talking about a physically destructive storm. But, just as threatening, there is a metaphorical mess that’s brewing across the nation as a flood of state and local government personnel begin to retire. While … Continue reading Silver Tsunamis are Coming, and the Times? They’re a Changin’!

Wine, Cloth, Carpentry and Court Automation

By Jeff Barlow, Justice Consultant, ImageSoft It's pretty intuitive that when it costs less to acquire and run an automated system than to pay people to do the same work it makes financial sense to implement the technology. However, what is a lot less intuitive, but, paradoxically, a lot more true, is that it can … Continue reading Wine, Cloth, Carpentry and Court Automation

The Coming Wave – Preparing for Big Data

For those who aren't sitting around contemplating the nature, trajectory, and implications of Big Data and Deep Learning, know that you are not alone. I'm pretty sure they haven't yet hit the top of the cocktail circuit or social media current topics listings. Which in some respects is interesting; because we are currently becoming immersed … Continue reading The Coming Wave – Preparing for Big Data

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

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

Before the Tide Goes Out

As the Great Recession finally starts to recede, one interesting and potentially important dynamic is taking shape in the form of generational shift. During the recession, two things happened to court staffing. On the one hand, many Boomers delayed retirement in the face of substantial losses in their stock-market heavy portfolios, drop in their home … Continue reading Before the Tide Goes Out

Ditch the Training Wheels with Electronic Content Management

On hearing of a particular court's experiences with implementing a new information system recently, I was reminded of a scene from Carl Sagan's science fiction classic, Contact. In the story, an advanced civilization has sent specifications for construction of a craft to permit communications. The specifications call for a sphere, the interior of which is … Continue reading Ditch the Training Wheels with Electronic Content Management

In Praise of Signatures

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I have been a vocal advocate of electronic signatures for a long time; and I will not now unsay a word of my advocacy.  Most statutes, rules and orders are silent or very broad as to HOW an electronic signature must be appended and represented on court documents; and many, if … Continue reading In Praise of Signatures

They Are Coming – You Better Build It (A slight variation of the theme from Field of Dreams)

Peter Kiefer, Civil Court Administrator for the Maricopa Superior Court, and Phil Knox, the General Jurisdiction Courts Administrator, are engaged in a Court Futures study for the National Association of Court Managers (NACM) and last summer they addressed the American Institute of Architects.  The architects know they will have to design the courthouses and related … Continue reading They Are Coming – You Better Build It (A slight variation of the theme from Field of Dreams)