I write that headline after reviewing a recent news article explaining the challenges that a large metropolitan county has faced with development and integration efforts around a new CMS (Case Management System) Project. It is another in a long list of news articles that explain the challenges and cost over-runs seemingly inherent in those type of projects. It is not that the CMS vendors are too blame on these projects; the truth is they are very complicated, very expensive and very time consuming projects.
Courts wanting to try out new technology to improve Court operations should really take a look at an eFiling project FIRST. These are much less complicated projects that can be rolled out quickly allowing for 'quick wins' with technology rather than the Grand Slam. The efiling Project can also provide a useful proving ground and learning environment the Court can use to better plan for a CMS type project in the future.
So before embarking down the "we have to wait for eFiling until we get our new CMS..." I suggest discussing an eFiling project FIRST.
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Three-year agreement will extend e-filing initiative to county courts
DAYTON, OH, July 14, 2005 - Colorado, which has the most successful statewide electronic filing initiative in the United States, has signed a three-year contract extension for the use of LexisNexis® File & Serve, the e-filing system from LexisNexis U.S., a leading provider of legal, news and business information services, the company announced today.
Colorado in 2000 became the first state to adopt e-filing across the state using LexisNexis File & Serve and leads the nation in number of courts online and number of filings and service transactions. All 64 counties are online, and e-filing is used in over 80 percent of the general jurisdiction court civil cases.
"E-filing has had a very positive effect on how the courts and the clerk’s office operate," said Jerry Marroney, court administrator for Colorado and a former judge. "Judges and their staffs have better access to case information, and clerks are able to more efficiently manage the intake of filings."