Accomplishments

Achievements and Successes

Nation's First Court Web Presence

Courts rely on a culture of historical and manual processes which inadvertently created barriers of access between citizens and their judicial system. After familiarizing myself with the environment, processes, mission, and culture, I began to develop and share a vision of an integrated judiciary. To realize this vision, I helped develop a strategy to leverage the internet and relational database systems to assist the court with communication and administration/research needs.

 

Florida's First Distributed XML Data Exchange System

One of the longstanding problems in the criminal justice system is its inability to share information efficiently among separate agencies, especially during the Internet period. Most court stakeholders waited days if not weeks to receive court dockets, criminal history profiles and wrap sheets, driver license lookups, and inmate placement listings. As technology continued advancing, government agencies were slow to react, compounding the access issues. As the lead technical representative, I helped create bridges to information by leading the design the state's first distributed XML based data exchange system. Now considered an essential component, the system reduces delay of court proceedings by providing secure access to multiple sources of information from a common web interface.

 

Nation's First Integrated Court Recording System

As a result of a state constitutional admendment, the financial responsibility for providing due process services was shifted from local supervision to the state level. At that time, court reporting services became overly expensive and unreliable in some jurisdictions. To help contain rising costs and secure access to the state's official record, I led the development of uniform standards and procurement to install the early adoption of remotely monitored digital recording systems located in hundreds of courtrooms.

Florida's First IP Multipoint Video Conferencing System

In it's infancy, videoconferencing was treated as a "technology step child" because equipment was costly to deploy and business-critical applications were not effectively integrated as a videoconferencing service. However, after the events of September 11, corporate travel became more restricted due to concerns about flying, heightened security interests, and declining economic conditions. To help reduce administrative costs and travel expenses associated with conducting court business, I led the development and execution of the state's first multipoint IP based video conferencing system.

 

Florida Appellate Court Automation Model

For over three decades, appellate court work products were created using proprietary automation systems designed and maintained by large computer vendors.  These single vendor solutions were restrictive in functionality and expensive to maintain. As a result, access to technology resources was limited and utilization rates by judges and staff were low. To help reduce costs and increase productivity, I helped displace a mainframe driven data center by leading  the deployment of distributed servers and desktops using modern operating systems and networking technologies.

 

Integration and Interoperability Standards

Court systems are a highly charged and political environment. With hundreds of elected judges and thousands of career employees, the challenge is to get people to work together for a common goal. By building consensus with peers and partnering with vendors, I worked to adopt and implement technology standards by removing barriers and fostering mutually beneficial relationships.