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Judicial Branch receives input on e-Court Project
Forum held to discuss key issues
CONCORD, November 2--Lawyers from both the private and public sector, bar association leaders, lawmakers, representatives of state agencies, court staff, and administrators attended a public forum today sponsored by the Judicial Branch to collect ideas and suggestions on the "e-Court" project now underway to eliminate paper processes in the state courts.
Project manager Peter Caradonna said he sees e-Court as an opportunity to create "profound change for the public good." He cited the project goals of reducing operating costs, increasing access and improving service through statewide uniformity of business processes in the court system.
"This is going to affect the lives of everyone in the state," Caradonna said. "We are going to make changes that last for a very very long time..."
In opening today's one-hour session, Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis emphasized the importance of the e-Court project, which she called "our top priority, and front and center on everybody's list of things to do until it is finished." Dalianis appointed Associate Supreme Court Justice Gary Hicks to lead the project for the Judicial Branch.
"The goal here is to take the paper out of the court and as a result that will probably change the way a good part of state government lives," Justice Hicks said. "We are moving just as rapidly as we can," he said. The legislature has appropriated $2.4 million in FY12 for the e-Court project.
All of the information presented at today's forum, including Caradonna's power point presentation and an audio recording of the forum, is available to the public on the Judicial Branch website at http://www.courts.state.nh.us/nh-e-court-project/presentations.htm.
Caradonna's power point presentation includes discussion of six key issues to be decided by the Supreme Court prior to finalization of an e-Court master plan, scheduled for mid-December. Details on those issues, as well as a timeline for decision making, design and launch of a pilot-project, is included in Caradonna's presentation.