September 30, 2016          

Meet CITOC's President

Mr. Jorge Basto currently serves as Chair for the Court Information Technology Officers Consortium (CITOC) and is an active member of the Joint Technology Committee (JTC).

CITOC was chartered in 2005 and has thrived over the past ten (10) years with increased membership, numerous technology bulletins, presentations at several National Conferences and contributions in standards setting and consulting. CITOC hosts periodic webinars on relevant topics for the judiciary as a whole as well as ancillary partners throughout the justice community. The primary success of CITOC has to be attributed to the informal mentoring process that CIOs, both new and experienced receive by being a part of this consortium.

“As CITOC heads into the next ten years of existence, we look to continue promoting a forum for Court CIO’s and technology leadership to engage their colleagues for the betterment of our industry. Our Organization has grown because of the generosity of our members with their time and knowledge.” says Basto.

Currently CITOC has 89 members which includes active international participants. We utilize one of the most lively and diverse listserv mediums which also feeds a knowledgebase through Google Groups. With the National Association of Court Managers (NACM), CITOC members have participated in various panel discussions on timely topics of interest and recently assist with a very successful CourtHack event hosted by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas kicking off the week for the e-Courts 2016 Conference.

Mr. Basto has served as the Chief Information Officer at the Judicial Council / Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia (JC/AOC) since 2008. He oversees the Information Technology Division for the Agency which is responsible for network infrastructure, applications development, reporting, support and training.

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In the News

The Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal will hold its 37th Annual Conference, November 12-16, 2016, in Cary (Raleigh), North Carolina at the Umstead Hotel Resort and Spa.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Leading the Court of the Future”. This year’s conference will explore several critical topics including the multi-generational workplace and the impact and challenges that the millennial generation brings to court communications and technology, the ethical dilemma on how far judges can and should go in ascertaining facts by independent research, including from the Internet, and “Digital Reading and Writing” where panelists will discuss whether technology enhances or detracts from judicial performance and communication. Practical presentations will include a program on how to balance the need to decide appeals quickly while generating confidence that cases are fully and fairly considered. Another program will discuss the ongoing impact of arbitration on the courts and the law and whether there is a changing attitude as to the value of arbitration. Programs that members have routinely found helpful will again be on the agenda, including constitutional law and an employment law update where Nancy Abell will examine effective employee relations, the lawful screening of prospective employees who are millennials, employer exploration of social media in the hiring process, and restrictions on criminal screening by “Ban the Box” legislation. An extraordinary program will be a historical perspective of and lessons learned from Watergate. North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Sam Ervin IV, the grandson of the chair of the Senate Select Committee appointed to investigate the break-in at Watergate and the events that followed, will be a panelist. And you will not want to miss the Sunday luncheon presentation by Jonathan Shapiro, novelist and Executive Producer of iconic TV shows such as Boston Legal, The Practice, Life and The Blacklist. All this will be surrounded by events including a visit to SAS Institute, a leader in developing business intelligence and management software; receptions at the North Carolina State Bar Headquarters and North Carolina Museum of Art; and a farewell dinner at the Pavilion at the Angus Barn, an iconic steakhouse with a breathtaking view of a lake.

The inaugural conference of the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers was held in Cleveland, Ohio, September 25-28. This conference brought together presiding judges and court executives from across the country to discuss challenges faced by state and local trial court leaders, to propose solutions, to hear about best practices, and to enhance team skills among judges and administrators. Topics centered on subjects court leaders need to know and implement to effectively advance their courts. The conference attracted over 125 presiding judges and court executives from courts across the country and included valuable peer networking opportunities. In addition, a number of organizations that provide services to courts were on hand to show off their latest products and services. Next year’s conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona.


The Warren E. Burger Award for Excellence in Court Administration

Solicitation of nominations is sought from members of the NCSC Board of Directors, its advisory committees and associations for which NCSC serves as secretariat. Any person interested in improving the operation of state courts may submit a nomination for the Warren E. Burger Award for Excellence in Court Administration. Nominations are due no later than Friday, October 14, 2016 and should be sent to Stacey Smith,

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be active in work devoted to improving state courts, or recently retired
  • Have significant experience serving or assisting state or local courts    
  • Have provided leadership at the state or national level to improve state court systems

The following information must accompany each nomination:

  • Letter of nomination setting forth up to three major accomplishments of the nominee
  • A resume for the nominee
  • Two letters of reference from individuals who have direct knowledge of the nominee’s accomplishments

The selection committee:

The Governance and Nominations Committee of the NCSC Board of Directors serve as the selection committee for this award. The Committee may consider nominations on its own motion. Nominations are solicited annually. When a nominee is selected the award will be presented at a time and location mutually agreeable to the recipient and the National Center for State Courts.


NCSC's podcast, Court Talk

The current episode of Court Talk focuses on a pretty interesting topic: how the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement has both upsides and downsides. Give it a listen! Stay tuned for more podcasts and catch up on the ones you've missed.


Courting Justice listening tour takes place in Little Rock, Arkansas

Judges are known to be expert listeners, but a new format is taking their listening skills to a higher level when four Arkansas judicial leaders participate in the second installment of Courting Justice, a national “listening tour” being produced in cooperation with PBS broadcaster Tavis Smiley.  The tour aims to connect judges with the communities they serve in order to provide people from disenfranchised communities an opportunity to discuss the issues that erode trust in our judicial system.  The judges and a studio audience of active questioners will record two sessions in Little Rock on Friday, September 23; the two half-hour segments will air September 28 and September 29 in Tavis Smiley’s regular nightly programming slot on PBS. (check your local listings for times)

The listening tour is an effort of the Community Engagement in the State Courts initiative, which is a joint project of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), the State Justice Institute (SJI) and the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness (NCREF). The initiative aims to develop effective tools and resources that assist state court leaders in engaging marginalized and disenfranchised communities to ensure equal access to justice for all, and to improve the trust and confidence those communities have in state courts.

The first show was recorded in Los Angeles in June. The third installment is being held December 8 in Cleveland, Ohio.

What's Happening?


October 5-9 National Association for Women Judges
Annual Meeting
October 27-30 National Association for Court Management
Officers Retreat and Board Meeting
Crystal City,
November 14-17 National College of Probate Judges
Fall Conference
South Carolina
November 12-16 Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal
Annual Meeting
North Carolina
November 16-17 Conference of Chief Justices
Board of Directors
Washington, D.C.
November 16-17 Conference of State Court Administrators
Board of Directors
Washington, D.C.
December 1-3 Conference of State Court Administrators
Midyear Meeting
December 12-14 National Center for State Courts
e-Courts 2016
Las Vegas,


e-Courts 2016 is taking place in Las Vegas, December 12-14 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Registration rates increase on October 1, so today is the last day to save $100! Our keynote speaker, Gary Marchant, is going to open this year’s conference. The exhibit hall is sold out, there’s a new app that will be making its debut and the education is going to inspire you to go back to your courts with new ideas. You don’t want to miss e-Courts this year. New look, new venue and new ideas.



Have questions? Need additional information? Have something you want to share? Contact Jennifer Haire, Director of Association and Conference Services, at or 757.259.1806.