COSCA/NACM Joint Technology Committee
Statement of Purpose and National Agenda
I. To set a coordinated national agenda on the issues,
problems, and uses of technology in court management.
- To serve as review board for NACM and COSCA when they are
asked for representation, comment, endorsement, or
recommendations regarding grants, projects, plans, or
directions in technological areas.
- To assure effective, capable representation on committees
or boards which guide, direct, or otherwise influence
major projects affecting or affected by the
organizations' national agenda.
- To represent state and local courts during all stages of
the development of policies, procedures, and forms
regarding federal initiatives that create new reporting
or other procedural requirements upon state and local
II. To enable NACM and COSCA members to be pro-active in
developing and implementing technology.
- To advance the development of applications for a wide
variety of existing and emerging technologies in the
- Promote the development and adoption of
standards for the exchange of data, documents,
and other electronic information between courts
and other individuals and institutions.
- Encourage the development and expanded use of
technologies that aid in providing services to
the public, such as access to case information,
court schedules, service unit locations, etc.,
through the Internet, kiosks, and other forms of
public access to court information.
- Assist in developing the next generation of
court case management systems, focusing on
expanding the types of information managed and
the functions performed, including specialized
applications like coordinated justice information
systems (CJIS), drug court systems, family court
case processing, and juvenile case management.
- To investigate and evaluate future and emerging
technology tools in the public and private sectors and
their potential to assist in the administration of
- Review progress with videoconferencing and
data conferencing technologies.
- To assemble, create, organize, and disseminate
information about new technology through articles,
education programs, etc.
- Collect relevant published materials on court
technology and judicial administration and
consolidate information resources in a single
location, on an Internet world wide web site, a
CD-ROM, or both.
- To maintain and support vendor liaison activities (e.g.,
FACT) to encourage the development of appropriate
- Support initiatives of vendors to examine the
current operation of courts and design creative
solutions to the challenges of implementing
technology in the courts and justice community.
- Create a list of court needs that vendors
should consider for research and development.
III. To improve the administration of justice through better
use of technology tools.
- To provide information about courts as learning
organizations and their use of technology to turn
data into information and information into knowledge.
- To evaluate the ways in which technology is changing
judicial branch operations.
- To ensure that emerging automation technology refines and
improves information available to judges and court
managers, enhancing policy development and the
administration of the courts.
- To study policy issues, legal questions, court rules,
operational procedures, and management practices to
identify and remove barriers to the use of technology.
- Continue to monitor privacy, security, and
public access issues and the often overlapping
and conflicting problems they present.
- Monitor the continuing debate concerning the
current system of legal citation and the
obstacles it imposes on electronic research.
- Develop improved acquisition procedures that
provide the flexibility, rapid response, and
extraordinary detail necessary for technology
- Prepare a model Request for Proposals (RFP)
for automation and other court technology
- Create a strategy for the transition between
generations of technology, including operation of
legacy systems and the creation of data
- To provide direction for the construction and renovation
of courthouse facilities to minimize the expense of
future technology upgrades and expansion.