Monday, May 22, 2006

DC's Paperless Court

The criminal division of the Superior Court in Washington, DC, went to a paperless case management system at the beginning of the year, and the implementation has not been smooth. Bethany Broida, Computer Woes Plague Court, Legal Times, March 31, 2006.

Criminal defense lawyers say a new computer system in Washington, D.C., Superior Court is wreaking havoc with their cases and in some instances violating their clients' rights.

The attorneys say that * * * bad information has led to their clients being arrested after warrants have been dismissed, and in some cases the opposite is occurring: Defendants with bail violations are walking because warrants haven't been entered into the system.

In other cases, motions and paperwork are getting lost. And some lawyers say they can no longer trust what the court record is telling them.
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