CA News: CA Court Management System under Scrutiny


The idea of a unified court management system for all of the California courts sounds like a good idea. Easily accessible up to date legal information shared amongst all the courts, and increased transparency and accountability. However, as the story unfolds, it is a terrible warning about what can happen when such a huge electronic information system is implemented by state government officials without proper planning and without the input and guidance of reliable, professional information management specialists. There are ways to implement e-governance initiatives that reduce government corruption and increase efficiency, but this, apparently is not an example of the successful implementation of such an e-governance initiative.

According to, “The Administrative Office of the Courts” this project, which is expected to be completed by 2015, “will improve the timeliness, accuracy and uniformity of the courts’ data.” However, the CA state auditor has found that lack of proper planning and research at the beginning of the project has led to inefficient and inadequate implementation of the system. <http://www.govtech.com/budget-finance/California-Court-Management-System-Takes-More-Heat-020811.html>

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White, describes the system as “folly”, and “a massively expensive failure.”  <http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/05/3378973/computer-network-big-price-little.html#ixzz1DP2aAVQP>

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