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Connecting Judicial Leaders at the International Peace Palace: Day 3

Another very interesting day at IACA 2012 at the Peace Palace at the Hague, Netherlands with workshops on social media, innovative communications technologies in the courts.

Mr. Norman Meyer, Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New
Mexico
moderated a workshop panel focused on innovative uses in court systems of social media with

  • Honorable Rune Lium, Judge, Sør-Trøndelag District Court, Norway
  • Honorable Ian L. Gray, Chief Magistrate, State of Victoria, Australia
  • Dr. Pamela Schulz, Lecturer, Graduate Communications Programs, University of South Australia, and Chair, Defence Reserves Support Council, South Australia

The Honorable Dory Reiling, Judge, First Instance Court, Amsterdam, The Netherlands shared her thoughts from the workshop deploying innovating automation and communications technologies to address court administration and management.

  • Moderator:  Mr. Tony Lansdell, Court Technology Specialist, Melbourne, Australia
  • Honorable Dory Reiling, Judge, First Instance Court, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Honorable Muhammet Polat, Judge, Ministry of Justice Department of İnformation Technologies,  Ankara, Turkey
  • Mr. Abdulrahim Ahmad Almudhareb, Director of IT Department, Dubai Courts, Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Mr. Mark Beer, IACA Regional Vice-President, Middle East, Dubai, UAE

Gerhard Fischer, Cisco Connected Justice (EMEAR) shared his thoughts about the conference and the IACA community.

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Connecting Judicial Leaders at the International Peace Palace: Day 2

Today is another beautiful day at the International Association of Court Administration (IACA) conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

The keynotes and panel workshops have been very impressive with many challenging topics.

Mr. John Stacey, President, European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice moderated the panel discussion that focused on challenges building and maintaining a framework for court services in a global economic malaise focused on best practices for improving the efficiency of courts with digital systems optimized for quality, speed, and process improvement.

  • Mr. Ruslan Kyryliuk, Chairman, State Judicial Administration, Kyiv, Ukraine shared lessons for continuous improvements with standards and citizen report cards
  • Ms. Mary Campbell McQueen, President, National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A. shared a framework model (access, plan, implement, and evaluate) in the new normal focused on not more with less but doing more by doing things differently through re-engineering of court processes.  Six strategies include:  consolidate services, automate, systematically apply case management, maximize online transactions, reorganize back office, and redistrict and redefine jurisdiction and venue.
  • Dr. Frans van Dijk, Director Strategy and Development, Netherlands Council for the Judiciary, Netherlands described the relationship between our economy and increases in court caseloads with three recommendations  for reducing costs to simplify procedures, redraw judicial maps, and improve funding incentives.   These are detailed in the European Networks of Council for the Judiciary (ENCJ) report.  It is critical for the judiciary take the lead and be directly involved in the design.
Dr. Markus Zimmer, Chair, IACA Advisory Council is hosting a panel with the Chief Justices of Iraq,  Afghanistan, Egypt and  Palestine on maintaining functional court systems and the rule of law in states disrupted by civil conflict.
  • Honorable Madhat H. al-Mahmood, Chief Justice and Chairman, Higher Judicial Council, Republic of  Iraq
  • Honorable Professor Abdul Salam Azimi, Chief Justice, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul,  Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • Honorable Adel Maged, Vice-President, Court of Cassation, Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Member of High Judicial Council, Palestine

Stay tuned for more updates and you can also learn more about Cisco Connected Justice and please  join our 21st Century Government community.

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Connecting Judicial Leaders at the International Peace Palace

This week I have the privilege to attend the fifth annuaInternational Association for Court Administration (IACA) conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

The IACA conference theme is The Challenge of Developing and Maintaining Strong and Just Courts in an Era of Uncertainty.

Three hundred and forty judicial leaders from 42 countries around the world are attending including Chief Justices from Afghanistan, Australia, Republic of Georgia, Iraq, Indonesia, and Nigeria, judges, court system officials and practitioners, justice ministry leaders, justice-sector academics, and representatives of international development and rule of law organizations.

During this conference, I am capturing highlights from the workshops with video interviews with selected keynote presenters and panelists.

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Need Satellite Managed Services? TCS Adds Cisco Internet Routing in Space to GSA & DISA Acquisition Program

TeleCommunication Systems’ (TCS) OS-IRIS offering has been added to the General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) contract program, allowing Department of Defense agencies and all other federal agencies to leverage the world’s only operating Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) managed satellite services.

“Now, via the addition to the FCSA contract program, TCS provides agencies in the federal government with easier access to the world’s most advanced routed COMSATCOM solution,” said Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions at TCS. “This contract also gives these agencies the ability to purchase TCS OS-IRIS services at a very competitive price.”

TCS OS-IRIS is the world’s first commercial service offering of Cisco enabled Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) managed network services. The combination of Cisco IRIS satellite architecture, in addition to TCS global network implementation and support capabilities, brings a new era of true IP end-to-end communications to the satellite industry.

For more information, view the full announcement here:
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=123361&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1701273&highlight=

Visit IRIS for more information.

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Expanded broadband access crucial link between military personnel and families

June 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm PST

We were excited to see that the Internet Innovation Alliance(IIA) recently made a public announcement calling for expanded broadband Internet access to help military families stay connected with loved ones. The three key topics IIA discussed are communications needs that Cisco has consistently supported.

1. Video communication for active military provides our troops the opportunity to interact with their families in real-time. “From my experience, it is essential to the mental health and morale of our troops to be able to see and speak with family and friends,” said Afghanistan war veteran Rick Noriega, Colonel in the Texas Army National Guard and a former five-term member of the Texas House of Representatives from Houston. “I remember a priceless moment during my deployment to Afghanistan in 2005 when I was able to watch my son open his Christmas gifts over the Internet.” Read More »

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