The future of court reporters is looking grim in North Carolina, according to The Charlotte Observer. The state legislature is considering replacing court reporters with a/v recording devices for less complex cases. The motivation largely stems from the higher cost of paying court reporters. Read more here.
The courthouse in Williamson County, Illinois, recently unveiled two new courtrooms featuring state-of-the art technology and automation, according to The Southern. Follow this link to find out more about how technology is coming to this local county courthouse.
The Maryland legislature is considering passing four bills that would rein in the ability of law enforcement to electronically monitor citizens by tracking their phones. Currently, there are no laws requiring that police obtain a warrant before tracking an individual’s phone, causing critics to argue that policy has not kept up with technology. Those in opposition to the bills claim that these laws would impede officials’ ability to complete their duties effectively. Read more in this Capital News Service story on Patch.com.
A police station in Roswell, New Mexico, recently acquired a 3D scanner that will allow investigators, and perhaps juries, to explore a crime scene via a 3D platform–long after the actual crime scene has been taken down. To read the full article in Malaysian Digest, click here.
More than 800 people from the legal industry attended the ReInvent Law conference in February, which encouraged lawyers to embrace technology to better serve their clients. Many speakers at the conference stressed the need for lawyers and firms to embrace new technology and the change that comes along with it. The conference also highlighted the increasing discrepancy between the traditional fee structure of billing per hour and the need to cut costs and increase efficiency. The ABA Journal has the full story.
Several police departments, including the New York Police Department and Los Angeles Police Department, have begun field testing Google Glass in an attempt to assess the potential benefits of its use in law enforcement. The potential for widespread use of Google Glass by law enforcement has some feeling unsettled, however. Read more at the Daily Caller.
Police in Australia have started using a device that allows them to accurately reconstruct crime scenes in three dimensions in about 20 minutes. The images that the device produces can be used in criminal investigations and at jury trials. The device is called a Zebedee scanner, and it uses redirected laser beams to create 2D readings, which a computer then pieces together in 3D. Read more about the device and how it works at Phys Org.
Dynamic Smart Notices could provide a solution for current legal challenges relating to cloud computing. The Smart Notices could replace standard licensing agreements for “software, online services, and digital goods.” They aim to modify outdated copyright laws. Read more inScienceDaily.
A nonprofit research organization has released a study to help local and federal policy makers with their deliberations on self-driving car legislation. The study finds that the benefits of “autonomous vehicles” will outweigh potential problems. Read more at ScienceDaily.