At this week’s Court Technology Conference (CTC 2009) in Denver, there was a lot of buzz about how to use technology to reduce costs, which makes sense in these economic times, and how to automate processes to speed them up. Sponsored by the National Center for State Courts, the show brought together more than 1,500 court professionals from around the world. For three days, participants learned how to use the latest advances in court technology to help them improve court operations and better serve the public.
The courts that already use technologies such as Video Teleconferencing (VTC) are looking at ways to upgrade. For instance, regular users of VTC are looking at ways to add mobility so judges, especially in states that have large rural areas, can stay connected while they are mobile.
Another extension we’ve heard about at CTC 2009 is the use of VTC in civil trials, where there may be a need to include testimony from someone who is incarcerated. VTC allows for that, while cutting transportation costs and lowering security risks.
CTC 2009 was a great show this week, and it’s interesting to see how the tides are turning about the use of technology in the courts. It used to be a “nice to have” — today it’s a “need to have.”