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Title: Model Court Approaches to Information Technology: A Dependency Court Data System Implementation Guide
Author(s): Lisa Portune
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 88
Sponsoring Agency: David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Los Altos, CA 94022
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 96-CT-NX-0001; 2000-11659
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual provides guidelines for the development and implementation of information technology in juvenile dependency courts in the form of software and data systems.
Abstract: Specifically, this manual describes the process that should be implemented by courts in developing and implementing data systems in juvenile dependency court environments and the basic functions they should contain. This is demonstrated by providing process guidelines and by presenting case studies of courts and vendors who have already used these procedures. Summaries of the experiences of six model courts and one non-model court are presented. In addition, a survey of vendors is presented to help courts better understand what planning is required to work with technology vendors. A section on data system functions encompasses case initiation and indexing; scheduling; adjudication, dispositions, and all other hearings; case closure; security; document generation and processing; and management and statistical reporting. A section on the process itself considers what needs to be done and when. The tasks described pertain to committee identification and development; needs assessment and infrastructure review; the request for proposal or requirements specification; system design, review, and implementation; and training. The section on vendor considerations advises that being prepared is the key to a good vendor relationship and a successful project. This section contains vendor survey questions and a vendor's perspective on project management. A separate section profiles the experiences of six courts that have implemented juvenile data systems. The concluding two sections contain listings of resource organizations and a vendor listing.
Main Term(s): Court information systems
Index Term(s): Case studies; Court management; Information processing; OJJDP grant-related documents; Science and Technology
Note: Technical Assistance Bulletin, N 5, V 6, December 2002
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