This page was last updated on 10/04/2018
Through the innovative use of the Internet, courts have the ability to provide citizens with increased access to the judicial process. Whether it is through providing the public with effortless access to court records, encouraging attorneys to file their court business electronically, or simply allowing drivers to pay their traffic citations via credit card on their computers, the result is less congestion in the courthouse and increased communication between court systems.
Links to related online resources are listed below. Non-digitized publications may
be borrowed from the NCSC Library; call numbers are provided.
This resource bulletin provides guidance to courts on how to help the public find and utilize court websites via search engine optimization and search engine marketing.
This NCSC report offers guidelines and real-world examples to improve the utility of state high court websites for the public and members of the media.
These guidelines offer best practices for the development and maintenance of a court website, including a discussion on platforms, web content, and overall organization.
A Process for Web Design Success, presented at the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the National Court Technology Conference Denver, CO September 2009, provides a detailed look at guidelines for building a successful Web site.
This report presents the means of finding manners of improvement to the South Dakota Unified Judicial System Website. A survey of the site was conducted through a full search and examination, as well as a comparison with other state websites. The best aspects were kept, while the study also made recommendations to make the site work optimally.
This paper, presented at the 2008 E-Courts Conference, focuses on the Utah State Courts' experience in building their Website, the underlying technology, and Utah's plans for the future.
Presentation from the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the National Court Technology Conference. Economical tactics for a more user-friendly Web site.
Marking the tenth anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, this article explains why courtrooms need to accommodate those without apparent disabilities. Non-apparent disabilities include ADD, ADHD, or diabetes.
This document assists local courts in creating a court website and include topics such as (1) determining need; (2) the core functions of a website; (3) considerations while establishing and maintaining a website; and (4) policy considerations.
Future Trends in State Courts. This article discusses how clean budgets provide more reason to invest in a more customer-driven court Web site. Evolving more self-service, accessible online resources can save the state courts money in the long run and possibly becoming a matter fo survival.
This historic report provides information including a background of the internet at the time, reasons courts should have a website, and what information courts could put on a website.
This policy covers availability, support, content, and use.