Court systems have traditionally struggled to develop and implement useful information technology (IT) systems that can assist daily operations while generating timely data needed for research, federal monitoring, and program development in a cost efficient manner. The Institute’s eCourt application started as a project intended to address the IT needs of court systems and build basic knowledge about technology transfer and the role of technology in advancing program implementation and effectiveness. Based upon the national Web Infrastructure for Treatment Services (WITS) platform built in collaboration with state and local governments back in 2003, the eCourt application serves as an interagency data repository for performance reporting.
Focusing initially on drug court processes, pilots were held in six different jurisdictions across the nation. Immediately following the pilot, five courts implemented the system in early 2008. The system can be customized to fit the needs of a given court system and offers considerable flexibility in the different ways in which it can be used.
Access is via the Internet, requiring only a PC with Internet Explorer (7.0 or higher recommended).