Justice in the New Digital Era: The Pitfalls and Benefits of Rapid Technology Adoption by Courts

Forthcoming in C. Campbell and J. Holtzclaw, eds. Trends in State Courts 2021. Williamsburg, VA: National Center for State Courts.

6 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2021

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Anne Skove

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Colleen M. Berryessa

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Criminal Justice

Lonnie Schaible

University of Colorado Denver

Ibrahim Aissam

eCourtDate

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

Courts occupy a unique position in the justice system that is steeped in tradition and
formality. Likewise, any changes from established procedure are likely to invite challenges to
decisions and outcomes based on their legal and constitutional implications. As such, it should
be no surprise that courts have been slow to embrace technological advances. Yet the pandemic has forced courts to quickly adapt and adopt new technologies. Courts and other governmental entities are currently overcoming hurdles to meet this challenge. In this article, we will discuss the rise of and courts’ potential issues with embracing the use of new technologies, with a particular focus on three innovations -- video conferencing, text messaging, and cloud storage.

Suggested Citation

Skove, Anne and Berryessa, Colleen and Schaible, Lonnie and Aissam, Ibrahim, Justice in the New Digital Era: The Pitfalls and Benefits of Rapid Technology Adoption by Courts (2021). Forthcoming in C. Campbell and J. Holtzclaw, eds. Trends in State Courts 2021. Williamsburg, VA: National Center for State Courts., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3803938

Anne Skove

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Colleen Berryessa (Contact Author)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Criminal Justice ( email )

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Lonnie Schaible

University of Colorado Denver

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Ibrahim Aissam

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