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The Judges’ Journal technology columnist introduces this special technology issue by commenting on the resistance of some to the intrusion of technology into their professional lives, the need for members of the profession to be aware of the ethical obligations resulting from the use of technology, and the need to keep abreast of advancements.
Judges increasingly must deal with technology in its myriad forms. This article suggests that technology is and will continue to be so important that basic technological competence should be a requirement for competent judging.
As with any complex case coming into the office, security is manageable. Analyze the problem, spot the issues, and break it down into necessary tasks.
The progression of technology and its continued presence before the courts are precisely why members of the judiciary must stay engaged and understand how various forms of social networking media work.
Cook County, Illinois, is creating an Internet-based system that allows a person who has been charged with violating a County ordinance the ability to contest that violation without being personally present. The ability to attach photographs and video to a statement detailing a defense breaks the usual hearing room paradigm.
Today, we are faced with an array of technological advances from computerized research to DNA, to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. Since their inception in the 1910s, drones have played a prominent role throughout our history. Currently, there are 13 states with laws addressing weaponization, data collection, and other issues. As drone deployment crosses over from military use to private and commercial use, a model act should be created to provide an over-arching road map for the states.
In the last decade, the use of social media evidence has exploded in courts. Two e-discovery and digital forensics experts, who frequently see preliminary courtroom skirmishes that are not embodied in court opinions, offer their thoughts on how to properly preserve, harvest, and authenticate social media evidence.
Author Mesches explores the historical basis for the bifurcated appellate system in Texas and describes the challenges and benefits of the system along with some bold attempts at structural reform. Mesches concludes that without a major reform effort finding broad support from the legislature and voters, bifurcated review will likely continue.
Incorporating “beer-budget” techniques can add to and supplement a well-rounded security plan.
Incident reporting provides timely, valuable information that adds to the arsenal of protective measures necessary to increase vigilance and thwart potential attacks inside and outside courthouses.
Chief Judge Eric T. Washington has served as the chief judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals since 2005. His efforts to address the systemic, inequitable impact of money bonds on the poor and persons of color has earned him the respect of many.
Judges require technological literacy to be effective and to exercise their responsibility in a virtual world.