The Long Range Plan for Information Technology in the Federal Judiciary, Fiscal Year 2011 Update, is now available from the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts.
Among the goals identified in the plan for the next 3 to 5 years are the following:
Services in General - The Judiciary will be reaching out to its external stakeholders through focus groups, interviews, and surveys in order to identify potential new services and improvements to existing systems such as PACER.
Pro Se Litigants - In addition to electronic filing, they will evaluate other technology-based services of potential benefit to pro se litigants. For example, smart form technologies might be used to lead pro se filers through the creation of pleadings that are more likely to meet legal standards and that would be more usable by the courts.
Courtroom Technologies - A high priority will be placed on equipping all courtrooms with a base technology infrastructure that includes technologies such as evidence presentation systems, video conferencing, assisted listening systems, and language interpretation systems.
Next-Generation Network - The Judiciary will begin the upgrade of its networks to converged services, which will deliver voice, data, and video services over a single, secure network. This will improve the delivery of services such as mobile computing, video conferencing in the courtroom and elsewhere, and integration of telecommunications with the Judiciary’s software systems.
For more, go to the full report.