Technology Planning Task Force

Purpose: This task force is charged with addressing and making recommendations on the governance, strategy, and financial support for judicial branch technology. They work in partnership with the courts and with input from branch stakeholders.

Date Established: Feb 2013

The task force and its associate members hold teleconferences on a regular basis and provide updates to the Judicial Council. 

Latest update:

Judicial Council Meeting
Date: Jan 23, 2014
Agenda
Report for Council
Judicial Branch Technology: Budget Change Proposal Update

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The Task Force is comprised of 14 Judicial Officers, Court Executive Officers, Court Information Technology Officers, and other stakeholders representing the trial and appellate courts, and the public. Additional associate members comprise the task force's Governance, Strategy, and Funding tracks.

Roster

Hon. James E. Herman, Chair
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara

Mr. James (Jim) R. Kalyvas
Foley & Lardner LLP

Hon. Judith Ashmann-Gerst
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal Second Appellate District, Division Two
Hon. Ira R. Kaufman
Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Plumas
Hon. Terence L. Bruiniers
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal First Appellate District, Division Five

Hon. Robert James Moss
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange

Hon. Daniel J. Buckley
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Mr. Robert Oyung
Chief Information Officer of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

Ms. Sherri R. Carter
Court Executive Officer of the Superior Court, County of Los Angeles

Hon. Glen M. Reiser
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura
Mr. Jake Chatters
Court Executive Officer of the Superior Court of California, County of Placer
Hon. Marsha Slough
Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino
Mr. Brian Cotta
Chief Information Officer/
Director of Technology of the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno
Ms. Charlene Ynson
Clerk/Administrator of the Court of Appeal Fifth Appellate District

CJER Governing Advisory Committee Liaison
Hon. Mary Thornton House
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles
 

 

Track Membership:

  • Governance -led by Jake Chatters, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Placer;
  • Strategic Plan - led by Brian Cotta, Chief Information Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Fresno; and
  • Funding - led by Judge Marsha Slough, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino.


Jan 23, 2014: The task force's proposal, reviewed and approved in concept by the Judicial Council on Jan 23, to be used in support of the budget change proposal process for technology initiatives will be posted soon for public comment. Once comment is gathered and reviewed, the task force will re-submit it for final approval at a future council meeting. See council's post-meeting news release.

Feb 6, 2013: New Judicial Branch Task Force to Plan Court Technology

 

Background:

Following the Oct 2012 Judicial Branch Technology Summit, the Chief Justice authorized the creation of this new task force. In Feb 2013, the task force membership was announced.

This task force reports to the Judicial Council's internal Technology Committee. This task force does not implement, execute, or select solutions. It meets on a regular basis to discuss and propose structure, models, and areas of focus. This task force will terminate in 2014. Its membership is broken up into three tracks: Governance, Strategy, and Funding.

Vision Statement:

Through collaboration, initiative, and innovation on a state-wide and local level, the judicial branch adopts and uses technology to improve access to justice and provide a broader range and higher quality of services to the courts, litigants, lawyers, justice partners and the public.

The task force is to work collaboratively to define judicial branch technology governance in terms of statewide versus local decision-making, to develop a strategic plan for technology across all court levels that provides a vision and direction for technology within the branch, and to develop recommendations for a stable, long-term funding source for supporting branch technology, as well as a delineation of technology funding sources. More specifically, the task force will:

  1. Work collaboratively with the courts and judicial branch stakeholders;
  2. Develop a comprehensive branchwide plan for technology governance that will delineate the parameters of state versus local decision-making for technology initiatives;
  3. Develop a Strategic Plan for Technology that will provide direction and vision for technology within the branch;
  4. Develop a Tactical Plan for Technology that will define the steps needed to achieve the goals defined in the strategic plan;
  5. Develop administrative and technical guidelines;
  6. Identify and promote trial court collaboration and consortiums for the benefit of technology;
  7. Develop recommendations for a stable, long-term funding source for judicial branch technology; and
  8. Delineate technology funding sources.


Expected Outcomes:

  • Clear robust structure, roadmap, and process for managing technology initiatives and investments.
  • Transparency of how funds are managed and allocated.
  • Increased credibility for managing public funds and resources.
  • Consistent availability of services across courts.
  • Better accountability for use of resources.


Timeline:

Feb 2013: Membership appointed by Chief Justice (news release)
Feb 27, 2013: In-person kick-off meeting held in San Francisco
Mar 18, 2013: Teleconference
Apr 23, 2013: Teleconference
Dec 2013: Process update delivered to Council (Audio + Presentation)
Jan 2014: Provide updated proposals to Council (Audio + Presentation)
Mar 2014: Submit proposal for public comment
June 2014: Submit final proposal to Council for approval


Contact Information

Jessica Craven
Senior Business Applications Analyst
Administrative Office of the Courts
Information Technology Services Office
Email: jessica.craven@jud.ca.gov

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