The Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) announce the formation of a new organization comprised of court chief information officers from around the country. These senior level information officers come from both the state level and the trial court level, and will assist Judicial Branch leaders in resolving business and technology problems.
CITOC will: foster the improvement of the court systems, both state and local, through the application of technologies to court management; provide a forum for improving communication among court information technology officers; support the professional development of CITOC members; sponsor conferences, workshops, seminars and courses or other educational programs; provide support to the work of the Joint Technology Committee (JTC), under the direction of the Boards of COSCA and NACM, within the parameters established by the JTC Charter and the COSCA/NACM Memorandum of Understanding; and support the National Center for State Courts' (NCSC) efforts to carry out the agenda of the JTC.
The first meeting of the interim CITOC Executive Committee was held in April 2005. During that meeting, the interim Executive Committee, with representatives from COSCA and NACM, identified the following four primary goals which will need technology related support:
Other important goals include developing/evaluating technologies that will assist in managing: paperflow; workflow; facilities; records retention; court reporting; court interpreting; issues surrounding pro se litigants; law libraries; remote access to information; jury management; courtroom information/evidence presentations; collections—managing collection fines/fees/restitution; administrative functions; and scanning the "environment" for things like compliance with technology related "regulations, standards and guidelines" (e.g., GJXDM).
Some of CITOC's activities would include: