Missing the Starting Gun

"And then one day you find Ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run; You missed the starting gun." Time, Pink Floyd, from Dark Side of the Moon On hearing the other day of a jurisdiction that is still insisting on "wet signatures" for court documents, I wondered, “What are … Continue reading Missing the Starting Gun

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

Irony (Part Two)

As information continues to emerge on the use of forged documents to affect prison escapes in Florida, it now appears that a well-designed e-signature implementation would have made the scheme considerably more improbable. The method, it seems, involved filing high-quality forgeries of paper motions and orders.  Judicial signatures were forged on the paper documents. In … Continue reading Irony (Part Two)

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

How Paper-On-Demand Can Provide Judges with Documents That Work “Better Than Paper” (Part Four – Electronic Signature)

I conclude my overview of what judges should require from an Electronic Content Management (ECM) interface by considering the functionality judges need to effectively, efficiently, and appropriately sign documents in a timely manner. For reasons covered at length elsewhere , requiring judges to manually affix wet signatures to documents that are otherwise electronically stored and … Continue reading How Paper-On-Demand Can Provide Judges with Documents That Work “Better Than Paper” (Part Four – Electronic Signature)