How Your Business is Like the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Adopts Electronic Filing SystemThe Verge reports that the Supreme Court is planning to adopt an electronic filing system by 2016. This is big news for the highest court in the land which has a reputation for arriving late to the technology party.

The official announcement came from Chief Justice John Roberts’ “2014 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary.” Roberts acknowledges the benefits of electronic filing  stating “it can make the courts more accessible, and more affordable, to a diverse body of litigants” as well as “increase efficiency and ease of use, saving time for judges, court staff, and other system users.”

However, Roberts also points out the fact that “Courts are simply different in important respects when it comes to adopting technology, including information technology.”

How and why are they different? Roberts lists two main reasons.

1. Rapid technological innovation has resulted in a vast technology wasteland.

Many seemingly great ideas that made it to implementation quickly became obsolete (remember betamax, 8-track tapes, floptical drives, or to use Roberts’ illustration, pneumatic tubes?).

Fair point. It was with this concern in mind that the PDF/A was created. The PDF/A is a standardized version of the popular PDF that was formatted for long term document preservation. PDF/A architecture ensures that documents in this format will be accessible for years to come. We hope that the format that the Court adopts is the PDF/A, which is currently being used in lower level courts and in the larger legal community.

2. The Court must remain resolute in a “more measured pace” of technological adoption than other institutions for functional reasons.

For the Court to remain impartial, it must equally serve the interests of the tech savvy as well as the technologically illiterate. It must also consider appropriate information security and deal with challenges posed by a decentralized court system.

In other words, the Court faces the same challenges that every organization faces when it is considering a content management system. All organizations want to know that their data will be long-term accessible, secure, and wrapped in an easy-to-use software interface which integrates with their current systems and applications.

You want to know that your data will be long-term accessible, secure, and wrapped in an easy-to-use software interface which integrates with your current systems and applications.

Contact us to help you move forward with confidence.


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