2010-2011 Ralph N. Kleps Award Recipients

Innovations in the California Courts - 20 of Years of Great Ideas
Orange County Combat Veterans Court 
Superior Court of Orange County 
Furthers the judicial goal of access, fairness, and diversity. By offering offenders therapeutic resources for mental health issues and addictions, the court has increased access to these resources in a fair and just manner. In addition, by promoting an effective treatment program as an alternative to the criminal justice system, the court is providing a high quality of service to the public—another judicial goal.


Elder Court
 
Superior Court of Contra Costa County
Addresses the goal of access, fairness, and diversity through its outreach, education, and support services. The court addresses the goal of delivering the highest quality of justice and service in several ways. First, elders have the same knowledgeable judge address all their legal issues on the same day—there is no need for multiple court appearances in different courts. In addition, the court meets the special needs of each individual and offers assistance with social services.

Automated Civil Grand Jury Program 
Superior Court of Monterey County
Supports the goal of delivering the highest quality of justice and service to the public. The ease of applying for grand jury duty, and the open access the website provides to all information about the grand jury, both work to better serve the public. The program also supports the goal of enhancing the infrastructure of the courts.

Automated Mail Payment Processing System 
Superior Court of San Bernardino County 
Supports a key goal of the judicial branch—to meet the needs of the people by enhancing the infrastructure of the courts. By improving its technology infrastructure, the court is able to provide better service to its constituents.

Electronic Writ Processing Program 
Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District
Helps accomplish the goal of resolving disputes in a just and timely manner. The project has improved caseload processing time and increased the number of dispositions the court can issue each month. In addition, the project fulfills the goal of improving service to the public by encouraging the electronic filing of writ petitions; electronic filing reduces time and effort for the petitioner as well as the court.

Electronic Legal File 
Superior Court of Orange County 
Furthers the judicial goal of improving infrastructure for service excellence. The court is now able to process the cases on its calendar more speedily and skillfully, demonstrating respect for court users’ time and promoting public trust.

Transcript Assembly Program 
Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, and the Superior Courts of Fresno and Stanislaus Counties
Furthers the judicial goal of equal access to court proceedings and programs. Records of cases on appeal can now be easily searched online by the public. TAP also improves the technological infrastructure that supports and meets the needs of the public. By enabling everyone involved in a case to work with the necessary documents online, TAP
helps improve the quality and speed of justice.

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