Judicial Council Technology Committee

Purpose:
Oversees the council’s policies concerning technology and is responsible in partnership with the courts for coordinating with the Administrative Director of the Courts and all internal committees, advisory committees, commissions, working groups, task forces, justice partners and stakeholders on technological issues relating to the branch and the courts.

Date Established:
April 2011 (as CCMS Internal Committee); officially renamed with a new purpose as the Judicial Council Technology Committee in June 2012.

The Judicial Council Technology Committee (JCTC) is an Internal Judicial Council Committee comprised of Judicial Council members and two advisory members. The JCTC reports directly to the Judicial Council. Members are appointed by the Chief Justice for a one-year term. The membership term runs from September 15 – September 14, like all internal committees.

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Hon. James E. Herman, Chair
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Barbara

Hon. David De Alba, Vice-Chair
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Sacramento

Hon. Daniel J. Buckley
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Hon. Emilie H. Elias
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Hon. Gary Nadler
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Sonoma

Mr. Mark G. Bonino
Attorney at Law
Hayes, Scott, Bonino,
Ellingson & McLay, LLP

Mr. Richard D. Feldstein
Court Executive Officer Superior Court of California,
County of Napa

COURT TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE LIAISON

Hon. Terence L. Bruiniers
Associate Justice
Court of Appeal First Appellate District,
Division Five

TRIAL COURT PRESIDING JUDGES ADVISORY COMMITTEE LIAISON

Hon. Marsha Slough
Presiding Judge
Superior Court of California,
County of San Bernardino

COMMITTEE STAFF

Mr. Mark Dusman
Information Technology Services Office
Judicial Council of California

Ms. Virginia Sanders-Hinds
Information Technology Services Office
Judicial Council of California

Ms. Jessica Craven
Information Technology Services Office
Judicial Council of California

August 21 and 22, 2014: The Judicial Council Approved the Court Technology Governance and Strategic Plan
At its public meeting on August 21-22, the Judicial Council approved a recommendation from its Technology Committee on a governance and strategic plan for court technology. The plan provides a structure and roadmap for technology initiatives and will increase the transparency and accountability of how funds are managed for technology projects in the judicial branch.“The courts need an updated technology plan in order to better serve the public and our users by keeping the electronic courthouse doors open,” said Judge James E. Herman, advisory member of the Judicial Council and chair of its Technology Committee. “The Chief Justice has made it clear that remote access through technology is a vital part of her 3D access to justice program. These planning documents are a grassroots effort involving 19 trial courts and 3 appellate courts, supported by the Judicial Council's Information Technology staff. The effort has also benefitted from input provided by presiding judges, branch stakeholders, and the public.” The Judicial Council directed creation of the technology plan in August 2012. Creating the technology plan also involved input from the Legislature and the executive branch, as well as posting it online for public comment.

May 22, 2014: Public Comment Sought on Proposed Plan for Court Technology

Jan 23, 2014: The task force's proposal, reviewed and approved in concept by the Judicial Council on Jan 23, to be used in support of the budget change proposal process for technology initiatives will be posted soon for public comment. Once comment is gathered and reviewed, the task force will re-submit it for final approval at a future council meeting. See council's post-meeting news release.

Feb 6, 2013: New Judicial Branch Task Force to Plan Court Technology

 

Committee Purpose:
Oversees the council’s policies concerning technology and is responsible in partnership with the courts for coordinating with the Administrative Director of the Courts and all internal committees, advisory committees, commissions, working groups, task forces, justice partners and stakeholders on technological issues relating to the branch and the courts. The committee is responsible for ensuring that council policies are complied with and that specific projects proceed on schedule and within scope and budget. The committee seeks reports and recommendations from the Administrative Director, the courts and stakeholders on technology issues. It ensures that technology reports to the council are clear, comprehensive, and provide relevant options so that the council can make effective final technology policy decisions. The committee reports on technology affecting the branch and courts at each Judicial Council meeting.   

The Rule of Court specific to the Technology Committee can be found here and is copied below.

California Rules of Court
(Revised January 1, 2014)

Rule 10.16. Technology Committee
(a) Technology policies
The Technology Committee oversees the council's policies concerning information technology. The committee is responsible for determining that council policies are complied with on specific projects approved and funded by the council and that those projects proceed on schedule and within scope and budget.

(b) Coordination
The committee coordinates the activities of the Administrative Director of the Courts, council internal committees and advisory committees, the courts, justice partners, and stakeholders on matters relating to court information technology. The committee also, in collaboration or consultation with the Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee, coordinates with other branches of government on information technology issues.

(c) Reports
The committee seeks reports and recommendations from the Administrative Director, the courts, and stakeholders on information technology issues. It ensures that information technology reports to the council are clear, are comprehensive, and provide relevant options so that the council can make effective final information technology policy decisions.

(d) Technology needs, standards, and systems
The committee will, in partnership with the courts, develop timelines and recommendations to the council for:
(1) Establishing an approach and vision for implementing information technology that serves the courts, litigants, attorneys, justice partners, and the public, while considering available resources and information technology needs;
(2) Improving judicial branch information technology governance to best serve the implementation of technological solutions;
(3) Establishing a strategic information technology plan for the judicial branch and the courts;
(4) Developing information technology standards; and
(5) Developing standardized requests for proposals, identifying appropriate vendors, and encouraging the courts to leverage their collective economic purchasing power in acquiring technological systems.

(e) Oversight of advisory committees and task forces
For those advisory committees and task forces over which it has been assigned oversight by the Chief Justice, the Technology Committee ensures that the activities of each are consistent with the council's goals and policies. To achieve these outcomes, the committee:
(1) Communicates the council's annual charge to each; and
(2) Reviews an annual agenda for each to determine whether the annual agenda is consistent with its charge and with the priorities established by the council.
Rule 10.10 amended effective February 20, 2014.


Contact Information

Information Technology
Judicial Council of California
JCTC@jud.ca.gov

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