Kentucky + DC launch new online platforms

Kentucky Court of Justice launches new website

The Kentucky Court of Justice has redesigned its website. The site provides access to comprehensive information on the court system, offers easy access to pay court fines and fees, finds court dates, orders background checks and requests court data. According to Administrative Office of the Courts Director Laurie K. Dudgeon, the court's new site has a "modern design, improved navigation and advanced functions."

New DC Courts app gives users access to justice

The DC Courts have launched a new app. The app provides quick links to court calendars, case databases, opinions, forms, rules, juror info and more. The free app can be downloaded in the Apple App and Google Play stores.

Educate your audience about NCSC's essay contest

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NCSC is (once again) offering an excellent educational opportunity for 3rd-12th grade students. NCSC's Civics Education Essay Contest question this year for inquisitive students: "What does the rule of law mean to you?" We're offering $3,000 in cash prizes.

We'd love for you to share contest information with colleagues, in newsletters, on social media and/or by e-mail. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 26. More contest details are available at www.ncsc.org/contest.

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Court TV staffers join CCPIO for cameras in courts webinar

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On Dec. 15, three Court TV leaders participated in a webinar, "Cameras in Courts, v. 2020: What to Expect when Court TV Comes to Town," with members of the Conference of Court Public Information Officers (CCPIO). Court TV Senior Vice President Scott Tufts reviewed how the brand was retooled from its earlier days in the 1990s and 2000s, while law-trained journalist Jessica Thill surveyed how trials around the nation are chosen for broadcast. Grace Wong, a pioneer in producing live trials for Court TV, went into detail about how her video crews interact with judges, court staff and others in the actual live production on location.

Their presentation led into a broader discussion of video cameras in courtrooms now largely closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CCPIO members asked Court TV staffers questions about new video technology that puts several smaller and less obtrusive video cameras in different courtroom locations, all operated remotely by a single technician usually seated in the gallery. They also explored what the future might hold in a post-pandemic world, as courts adapt to a legal culture now deeply influenced by remote video technologies. The webinar was organized by CCPIO’s Board and its Education Committee as part of a series of online programs developed after the pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 annual meeting previously scheduled in Tallahassee, Florida. Click here to watch the webinar. Password: pbsA#66$

Facebook announces updated Pages experience

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On Jan. 6, Facebook rolled out a new Pages experience, making it simpler for public figures, like judges and  PIOs, to "build community and achieve their business objectives."

Here's what's new:

  • Simpler, more intuitive layout
  • Dedicated News Feed to find and join conversations and interact with others
  • Easier navigation between your personal profile and court-related Pages
  • Updated task-based admin controls giving court employees full control or partial access
  • Actionable insights and more relevant notifications
  • Safety and integrity features to detect spam or fraud, such as unwanted ads or jury scams, and impersonator accounts