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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

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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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Connected Justice: It’s more than simply cutting costs

June 1, 2012 at 8:34 am PST

As video becomes more pervasive in our daily lives, we increasingly hear about using live, interactive video to take students on virtual fieldtrips, connect colleagues across the globe and enable better access to healthcare for rural and underserved communities. Collaborative technologies connect people and cut costs across a variety of settings. Another area we’re seeing new, innovative applications is in courts, corrections and law enforcement.

In Dallas County, Texas, for example, 25 to 50 prisoners are processed daily, telepresence systems were installed in the courthouse, the county jails and the infirmary. As one might imagine, transporting prisoners who have already been booked back to the courthouse for another arraignment takes a significant amount of time and, therefore, cost. The process entails the Sheriff’s Office getting a list of all the prisoners facing new or altered charges; have a deputy gather them up from the various facilities in which they are housed and place them in a holding cell; and then bring them all back in to the courthouse together for their new arraignment. When all is said and done (secure a van, get two deputies to transport the prisoners in the van; get through traffic; and then go through security at the other end), it takes at least two hours. However, with the technology on-hand, the county has been able to re-arraign 700 prisoners a month without having to transport them. Also, by enabling court dealings via a secure network it reduces paper work, improves flexibility for the courts and dramatically decreases travel costs when working with geographically spread-out participants Read More »

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Congratulations to This Year’s Computerworld Honors Gold Medal Laureates

May 22, 2012 at 9:36 am PST

Each year the Computerworld Honors Program recognizes individuals and organizations that create and use information technology to promote and advance public welfare, contribute to the greater good of society and change the world for the better.

We are proud to say that four Cisco nominees from public sector, including one school district and one university, were selected as Gold Medal Laureates because of their innovative uses of collaboration technology. Brief descriptions of all four are listed below. Read More »

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Cisco to Show Off Its Collaboration Technologies at U.S. Courts Conference

May 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm PST

This month Cisco TelePresence will be heading to Orlando May 15-17 for the 2012 Conference for Federal Defenders, an arm of the administrative office of the United States Courts.

Collaboration efforts are becoming common place among U.S. Courts as the need for effective communication is more important than ever. Now is the time for Connected Justice. Video conferencing, specifically, is increasingly making its way into courts around the world and proving to government organizations that it deserves a spot in their technology strategies. Its demonstrated benefits include reduced costs and enhanced operational efficiency.

At the event, Cisco will be showcasing its complete collaboration portfolio that is helping court systems around the world save on operational costs and creating in-person experiences.

The following collaboration solutions will be demonstrated:

This conference will be a great opportunity to highlight the affect collaboration can have on U.S. Courts to ensure effective communication while maximum ROI is delivered.

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