Judicial Tools/eBench

Definition

Judicial Tools/eBench would be used to create a digital workbench of tasks, tools and resources necessary for judges and judicial staff to resolve cases in a quick and efficient manner.

What it Includes

  • Maintain data of interest to the judge and other court staff that may not be of interest to the clerk. Aggregate multiple sources of data providing judges a seamless interface into disparate systems.
  • User-configurable Dashboard views for judges and judicial officers
  • Provide role-based access to the Court’s Information and Services
  • Ability for user to easily access information in order to:
    • Manage dockets
    • Access relevant information to conduct proceedings
    • Access/View case related documents
    • Edit/mark-up documents (with permission)
    • eSign documents
    • Print Documents
  • Enter and View Judicial Notes and markup
    • Manage appropriate permissions for those notes and markup.
  • Store case-related documents that are not part of the official records.
  • Store/manage research and writing
    • Provide access to general, job-related documentation such as local rules, law books, policies and procedures enabling personalized notes and bookmarking
    • Provide ability to perform full-text search across all document in all cases and non-case specific documents
    • Provide ability to cut and paste text from one document into another document
    • Provide the option to assemble legal research modules, email modules, calculators, jury systems, etc. and plug into the dashboard

What it Does not Include

The eBench component may employ many related components to provide a judicial officer or their staff important capabilities Table 1, below identifies capabilities that may be available through the ODR component but are optimally provided another court enterprise component.  It lists those capabilities provided by the related component.   

Table 1 - Externally Provided Capabilities

Capability

Component

Required / Expected / Optional

View court case information

01-Case Manager

Required

View participant information

02-Case Participant Manager

Required

View case calendar

04-Scheduling Calendaring

Expected

Update case schedule

04-Scheduling Calendaring

Optional

View document images

05-Document Content Management

Expected

File documents

05-Document Content Management

07- Electronic Filing Manager

Expected

Obtain proposed orders and other filings

07-Electronic Filing Manager

Optional

Distribute judicial correspondence to case parties

07-Electronic Filing Manager

Optional

Generation of standardized judicial documents

29-Court Form Document Generation

Expected

Authenticate the user and determine user authority to access application functions

23-Identity Management

Expected

View evidence and exhibits

11-Evidence and Exhibit Management

Expected

Search internal and external information repositories

20-Search Engine

Optional

Configure business rules and workflow for documents

Business rules engine

Optional

Reporting

Reporting and analytics

Expected


Applicable Standards and Documents