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

Courts and the Network of Everything

This month’s NACM Annual Conference had excellent presentations and conversations regarding where courts are heading given current and emerging technological, demographic, political, financial and social trends. Big players among the trends discussed included both networking and social media. One result for me was a couple of either epiphanies or mild mental episodes (hard to tell … Continue reading Courts and the Network of Everything

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

Who Is That Lurking in the Shadows?

One of the difficult, but necessary, aspects of successfully migrating courts to paper on demand is tracking down and making appropriate changes to anachronistic laws and rules that require, or are perceived to require, paper. I had assumed that the primary challenges were a) identifying them; and b) getting them appropriately changed. Never did it … Continue reading Who Is That Lurking in the Shadows?

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

Mrs. Wormer’s Coat

In one of the numerous classic scenes from "Animal House", future gynecologist to the stars Eric Stratten finds himself in his dorm room with the evil (and clueless) Dean Wormer's very inebriated and forward wife.  Mindful of the lady's need for some class, he chivalrously takes her elegant dress coat from her with great fanfare.  … Continue reading Mrs. Wormer’s Coat

Give a Mouse a Cookie…

Most parents know the story; and every parent knows the principle: "Give a mouse a cookie, and he's sure to want a glass of milk.”  Never satisfied -- get one treat and look to leverage it into more.  My kids excelled at it. Well, I just came across a great example from none other than … Continue reading Give a Mouse a Cookie…

Irony

Recent headlines concerning inmates who escaped jail using forged documents caused me to look back to my first blog entitled A Judge's Secret Fear of Electronic Signatures. In it I quoted a senior, highly respected judge expressing his concern about the security of eSignature.  He said, in part,  “My concern then and now is with … Continue reading Irony

Gazing Into the Crystal Ball, Part Three: Waving Goodbye to Documents

In a recent post I set forth some predictions of the longer-term consequences of moving to paper on demand, I posted that in the future, "Courts will handle only a small fraction of the number of documents they do today." Here's why. The first stage of implementing a paper-on-demand justice system involves the very profound … Continue reading Gazing Into the Crystal Ball, Part Three: Waving Goodbye to Documents

Gazing Into the Crystal Ball Part 2: Some Longer Range Implications of Universal Implementation of Paper-On-Demand Courts

Survey questions from a group looking past the next few years, beyond when Paper On Demand becomes ubiquitous in courts and the justice community have prompted me to embark on a fearless foray into mid-term prognostication (twelve years out, to 2025).  Here are a few of the survey questions, along with my answers: Question: In … Continue reading Gazing Into the Crystal Ball Part 2: Some Longer Range Implications of Universal Implementation of Paper-On-Demand Courts