CTC 2013

The Center for Legal & Court Technology is participating in the educational tracks at CTC 2013, September 17 -19, 2013.

Sessions presented by CLCT are listed under “Coutroom 21” and include the following:


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

10:00 – 11:15 am        Technology Enhanced Trial and Appellate Courtrooms, a primer and an update – Professor Fred Lederer, Director, CLCT (Courtroom 21)

Join Fred Lederer, William & Mary Chancellor Professor and Director, Center for Legal and Court-Technology (also known as the Courtroom 21 Project), for a review of the state of courtroom technology today. This session will introduce courtroom and related technology for those new to the field.

11:15 – 1:00 pm          “Kick the High-Tech Tires” – CLCT Staff

Open time for attendees to have hands-on experience with the technology presented in the CTC 2013 courtroom.  Manufacturer’s representatives and court personnel join the CLCT staff in demonstrating equipment and answering questions.

1:00 – 2:15 pm            “What’s New in the Aeronautical, Health Care, Banking and Insurance Industries that Might Be Useful in the Courts Business/Technical Environment” – FACT – Susan Laniewski

The courts and justice communities have much to learn from private sector efforts in other business enterprises.  This panel of experts from the aeronautical/space, health care, banking and insurance industries would do two things:

(1) Share the latest and greatest in their R&D shops; and

(2) Help the courts to identify how those four industries resolved some of the nagging questions that haunt court adoption of older technologies (e.g., why does the private sector no longer require physical signatures).  In addition, a couple of court staff would work with these four industries to identify how the latest technologies developed by those industries can be used in the court environment.

2:30 – 3:45 pm            “Beyond a post and a like, how social media is changing justice” – FACT – Marlene Martineau, Strategic Relations Manager, New Dawn Technologies

You have heard the stats on how many people are using social media and how much time they are spending there. You have probably also heard the stories of how social media has disrupted trials and other happenings in courtrooms across the US. In response to these stats and stories, you may have already implemented a social media policy so all is good, right? Well, maybe not. Do you really understand how social media is continuing to change how people interact with each other? Do you know what is next when it comes to social media? This session will present the upcoming social media trends in both public safety and justice that after all will change the way you use social media in your courts. We will also have some discussions on using social media in a way that may seem unbelievable to some. Come be part of the discussion and find out how you can prepare your court for what is inevitability coming your way.

4:00 – 5:15 pm            “Ask for the Moon and the Stars” – FACT

This is an open time for attendees to speak with a panel of Public and Private Sector members of FACT.  The purpose of this session is to open a dialog for companies to understand the needs of the courts and discuss how technology may be able to answer those needs in the near future.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

12:00 – 2:00 pm          “Kick the High-Tech Tires”

Open time for attendees to have hands-on experience with the technology.  FACT members join the CLCT staff in demonstrating equipment and answering questions.

2:00 – 3:00 pm            “High Tech Trial” – Center for Legal and Court Technology (Courtroom 21)

With recent advances in technology, High Tech trials have to be experienced to be believable. CLCT will present part of a high-technology trial as a vehicle to demonstrate some of the latest ground-breaking technologies including 3D evidence presentation. See future courtroom technology in action!

3:30 – 4:45 pm            “When does Technology Make Sense?” – Martin Gruen, Deputy Director, CLCT (Courtroom 21)

With all the new technologies available, how do we decide which technology will fit our business model?  Are the technologies we are installing make our court more efficient, does it cut expenses, or is it a new “shiny toy”?  This session will explore the issues in deciding how and why to implement the technology.  It will also discuss the need to make sure the new technology works in concert with the existing technologies.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

10:00 – 11:15 am        “Standards from the Vendor and End-User Perspectives” – FACT – Robert Roper, Robert Roper Consulting

Standards in software applications have been developed, discussed and implemented in some jurisdictions.  These standards include, but are not limited to:  GRA/SOA, NIEM/GJXDM, ECF 4.X, functional standards, and GFIPM.  This session would cover the following matters from the perspectives of vendors and end users:  identification of the various standards, the benefits and challenges of standards from both communities, a frank discussion addressing the question: “Are standards for everybody?”, a discussion on efforts to assess and evaluate conformity/compliance with standards (e.g., Springboard), a discussion on backwards compatibility of standards, the difficulties in developing in a strict standards environment, a discussion on the value of repositories where services and other objects developed using standards are lodged (i.e., where are they, how do you get to them, what is in them, and who is using them), and a frank discussion on the future of standards (i.e., taking them out of the theoretical ivy tower environment and into the software development arena—if that is possible). The panel would consist of those advocating standards development; those who challenge their real world practicality from the vendor and end-user communities.

12:00 – 1:30 pm          “Kick the High-tech Tires”

Open time for attendees to have hands-on experience with the technology presented in the CTC 2013 courtroom.  Join the CLCT and FACT in demonstrating equipment and answering questions.

1:30 – 2:45 pm          Business Intelligence for the Judicial Officer and the Administrator – It is Time to Start Using the Data Repositories we Have Been Creating. – FACT – Chelle Uecker, Justice Partner Data Integration Outreach, Judicial Council of California – Administrative Office of the Courts

Courts have been collecting data in repositories for decades (some of the data better than others).  The data has been useful in tracking cases through the system to help improve case flow and workflow.  In some situations, this information has even been aggregated into daily operational reports and summary reports that are also designed to assess how well the case flow and workflow are operating.

Generally speaking, however, courts have failed to mine their databases for intelligence, i.e., how can the data be used to provide guidance for decision makers on how to proceed with specific individuals or cases throughout the process, how can it be used to forecast/predict the behavior of individuals or the system based on past behavior, etc.  The patterns that could be observed would simply be aggregated and presented as a visual aid to the decision maker (whether it is a judicial officer, administrator, court clerk, etc.).  It would not make any decisions, but simply be a tool that would aid decision makers in their efforts to be fair, treat similar situations similarly, help ensure equal protection and due process.  An example of such a tool would be to provide magistrates/judicial officers with the information on a defendant’s past FTA, FTP behavior during a bail/bond hearing.  Lots of other examples would be presented and brainstormed during this session.


Please remember that space is limited in many of those sessions, so register early! Go to http://www.ctc2013.com/ to learn more!