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.
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.
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.
Interpreters are extremely important in the judicial system, and they are increasingly in high demand. Costs for interpreter services continue to rise in courtrooms across the country, but technology is helping cut those costs while improving quality of life for the interpreters themselves.
Orange County is currently using a Cisco Connected Justice solution for Florida’s first high-tech interpreter system. The system instantly connects interpreters to 67 courtrooms through high definition, live, interactive video. From their desks, interpreters have the ability to control camera angles and audio levels in the courtroom, speak directly to any of the parties participating in a hearing and can appear in real-time on a monitor in the courtroom. Read More »
I live in California where we are facing severe challenges in our economy and funding public services ranging from teachers in the classroom to courts and correctional institutions. In San Francisco, cuts to 25 courtrooms and 40% of staff are underway to address the $13.75 million budget gap. Longer lines for citizen services and delays up to 5 years for cases coming to trial are expected.
Of course, the economy is not only challenging governments at the state and local level but nationally and internationally as well.
Isn’t it time we use technology to help cut costs and deliver services that are more efficient?
A great example is the City of San Antonio Texas sharing video across public safety and justice systems.