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Vision, Goals, Benefits, and Technologies

Vision

Minnesota courts will operate in an electronic information environment that will ensure convenient, timely, and appropriate access to case information for all stakeholders. 

  • All cases will be eFiled or submitted on paper and converted to electronic images.
  • Justice system partners and other external constituents will have secure access to electronic records.
  • Court processes will be streamlined due to efficiencies gained from electronic records.
  • Judges and court staff will rely on electronic records.

Goals

1.    Increase productivity and reduce operational costs by using and providing electronic court information
 
2.    Provide easy to use electronic court services to constituents
  • Engage with constituents to create solutions
 
3.    Build secure and reliable business and technical infrastructure to support electronic court services
  • Transform court processes
  • Proactively examine existing rules, statutes and policies and seek needed changes
  • Build a sound and secure technical infrastructure
  • Assure comprehensive disaster recovery 
 
4.    Promote and facilitate culture change from paper processes to electronic court processes
  • Implement a consistent, statewide solution
  • Actively support and educate judges, court staff and external constituents
  • Continuously identify business processes for increased efficiencies
 
5.    Create a fiscally sensible, cost neutral electronic court records process for ongoing operations
  • Determine methods to make eCourt self-supporting
  • Implement related tools

Benefits

  • Litigants will be able to file case documents without going to the courthouse.
  • Judges, court staff, and litigants will be able to view and work with the most up-to-date case documents, even when someone else is viewing the case file.
  • Court records not considered confidential under the Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch will be viewable through the Judicial Branch Website. 

Technologies

  • eFiling (including eCitations and eCharging)
  • eService
  • ePayments
  • Electronic document management, including document imaging
  • Desktop tools will be available for judges to view case records
  • Electronic transmission of cases to the appellate courts
  • eTools (eSignature, eNoticing, eCertification, and other tools that allow for electronic processing of orders)