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NCJ Number: 120119 Find in a Library
Title: Technology in Appellate Courts: The Ninth Circuit Experience With Electronic Mail
Journal: Judicature  Volume:73  Issue:2  Dated:(August-September 1989)  Pages:90-97
Author(s): S L Wasby
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 8
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Ninth Circuit judges and court staff were interviewed from late March through late June 1986 to determine their views of the court's use of electronic mail.
Abstract: Electronic mail involves communication through a network of computer terminals. Messages, when created on a wordprocessing terminal, are sent simultaneously to one or more recipients. In the Ninth Circuit, messages are judge-to-secretary-to-machine-to-secretary-to-judge. Except for one judge's concern about "leaks and computer privacy," most negative evaluations pertain to mechanical difficulties or machine problems, particularly the down-time of a system. After system mechanical difficulties were addressed and the judges had at least a year's experience with the new system, it had become an integral part of the court's communication. Advantages of electronic mail noted by the respondents are increased speed of communication and communications hard copy. Some complaints about the system are decreased direct contact among judges and an increased amount of communication. 49 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Telecommunications
Index Term(s): Computer aided operations; Court management; Judicial attitudes
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