U.S. Courts Report Has High-Tech Outlook

U.S. Courts Report Has High-Tech Outlook

The 2013 report from the director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts is out and it offers some insight into what’s to come.

While the case management/electronic case files system is already energizing the way federal courts manage cases and documents, a transition to the next generation of the CM/ECF system is well underway, promising even more efficiency and integration among the appellate, district and bankruptcy systems, and creating greater consistency and enabling more case-related statistic collections to be shared with other judiciary systems.

The first next-generation release of the CM/ECF is expected to be available to the courts in late 2014, followed by a full transition over several years to complete the product.

In addition, last August the Judiciary Integrated Financial Management System (JIFMS) was deployed to the U.S. AOC, the Court of International Trade, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Over the next few years, other court units and offices will be migrated over to continue streamlining operations, eliminating costly interfaces and improving data security and controls.

Other changes in the works:

  • Thirty-three bankruptcy courts have adopted the Judiciary Financial System (JFinSys) to maintain case financial details. JFinSys replaces FinSys, a legacy DOS system, with a services oriented architecture that interacts with the judiciary’s case management system.
  • Thirty of the courts using the court online banking system application for court registry funds have been converted to the Court Registry Investment System (CRIS).
  • In 2013, the delayed notice search warrant and magistrate judge statistics through automated records functionality were transferred into the new streamline timely access to statistics (NewSTATS).

Sherry Karabin is a freelance writer and reporter based in New York City. Email: sherry.karabin@yahoo.com.