The many activities related to trials and other court hearings in state and federal courts could be massively streamlined if courts could adopt publicly available hardware and software that support the Global Justice XML standard. The National Institute of Justice, the R&D arm of the US Justice Dept has issued a request for information about such systems, FCW.com reported recently. Officials are interested in nonproprietary technology that helps agencies better share information through their own systems, and helps the range of people involved in court cases to better manage caseloads and filings.
Specifically, NIJ wants tech that can speed a case to trial, cuts back on hand-recording of documents, allows electronic filing, as well as software that helps prepare witnesses and supports litigants, speeds up the preparation of subpoenas, arrest warrants, etc., archives testimony and records, and increases access - for both the public and the legal profession - to court documents.
Firms have until August 15 to respond.