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What technology will courts be using in 5 years’ time?

National Center for State Courts – Court Technology Bulletin, December 5, 2019 – “We are pleased to share the following post from our friend, the Hon. Judge Andrea Tsalamandris from Melbourne, Australia on “how technology can be used by judges and court administration to create efficiencies in our courts, and enhance access to justice. As a judge who was appointed to the County Court of Victoria (CCV) a few years before my 50th birthday, I was very pragmatic in embracing technology in my new role. I thought it was safe to presume that when I retired in twenty years’ time, I would not be working with paper court books or handwriting my signature on court orders.  My initial interest in technology was simply to see how it could make my life as a judge easier.  However, after attending an E-Courts Conference in the United States in 2018, my eyes were opened to the manner in which technology could be used within courts, to benefit court users, as well as judges and court staff.  Shortly after attending that conference, I was asked to chair a newly created IT committee at the CCV, to guide the court in our digital transformation. My teenage children thought this was hysterical, as they did not consider me to be in any way “tech-savvy”; and that was indeed true. But I was willing to learn and was keen to see, in practical terms, how technology could assist all areas of our court, from registry, to the courtroom and in chambers. Whenever I talk to people about our plans for the future, I invariably pose the question – what will we be doing in 5 years’ time? Most of us accept that change is coming, and that it is probably coming more quickly than any of us expect. Having spoken with other judges and court IT managers in Australia, USA, UK and UAE, here is a list of where I think we are heading…”

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues December 7, 2019

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues December 7, 2019 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

Court rules Nestlé cannot claim bottled water is ‘essential public service’

The Guardian UK – Nestlé cannot claim bottled water is ‘essential public service’, court rules. “Michigan’s second-highest court has dealt a legal blow to Nestlé’s Ice Mountain water brand, ruling that the company’s commercial water-bottling operation is “not an essential public service” or a public water supply. The court of appeals ruling is a victory… Continue Reading

Justices debate allowing state law to be “hidden behind a pay wall”

Ars Technica – “The courts have long held that laws can’t be copyrighted. But if the state mixes the text of the law together with supporting information, things get trickier. In Monday oral arguments, the US Supreme Court wrestled with the copyright status of Georgia’s official legal code, which includes annotations written by LexisNexis. The… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 30, 2019

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 30, 2019 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Via Kris Kasianovitz, Government Information Librarian for International, State and Local Documents, Head, Social Sciences Resource Group, Green Library, 123E, Stanford, CA 94305 – “For those who work with State and Local government information (legal, regulatory, legislative, executive, etc. – that’s most of us, yea?) – you might want to tune in to this webcast or if… Continue Reading

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson broadly rejects absolutist claims of executive power

Washington Post: “In her ruling that Don McGahn must comply with a congressional subpoena, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of Washington goes to great lengths to illustrate how far out on a constitutional limb President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr have crawled with their absolutist claims of executive power. Jackson invokes “Animal Farm”… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 15, 2019

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 15, 2019 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Trump ‘Absolutely Immune’ From NY Tax Subpoena, Justices Told

Law360 – “President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to find that he has “absolute immunity” from criminal investigations while president and to block the Manhattan district attorney’s subpoena of tax and financial records from his accounting firm.  The Second Circuit found President Donald Trump’s presidential immunity from state criminal process doesn’t extend… Continue Reading

Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional

EFF – Government Must Have Reasonable Suspicion of Digital Contraband Before Searching People’s Electronic Devices at the U.S. Border – “In a major victory for privacy rights at the border, a federal court in Boston ruled today that suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices by federal agents at airports and other U.S. ports of entry… Continue Reading

Competition Law

Comparative Competition Law (CCL) Project (Anu Bradford (Columbia University Law School), Adam Chilton (University of Chicago Law School)) via Lyonette Louis-Jacques – “[T]here is scant empirical evidence on what leads to the adoption of competition laws and what effects these laws have on market outcomes. Our research seeks to provide a new empirical foundation for… Continue Reading

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Examining Her Path to the High Court Bench and its Intersection with the ACLU

Brinkley, Jennifer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Examining Her Path to the High Court Bench and its Intersection with the ACLU (June 1, 2018). Lincoln Memorial University law Review, Vol. 6, Spring 2019, Issue 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3463979 “This paper examines Justice Ginsburg’s history, her impassioned activism on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, her… Continue Reading