54 Judges J. 1 (2015)

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Court MInnovation

By Judge Michele D. Hotten and Justice Robert H. Edmunds Jr.


  n keeping with our tradition of high-
  lighting the initiatives of the president
  Sof the American Bar Association, we are
proud to present our winter 2015 edition
of The Judges' Journal.
   This issue includes some articles that
focus on aspects of court innovation,
which is an initiative of ABA President
William Hubbard. One of the articles is
from President Hubbard, who remarked at
the beginning of his term that his priori-
ties were . . . guided by the fundamental


mission to establish justice. Recently, in
calling for a reevaluation of the court
system operations, President Hubbard
observed, [i]f we can take advantage
of technology and develop innovative
approaches to the delivery of legal ser-
vices, we could significantly close the
justice gap in our country and deliver ser-
vices to our clients.
   We recognize that the tension
between the demands to facilitate and
administer justice, effectively manage an


ever-increasing caseload, and the necessity
for a vision that encompasses creative ini-
tiatives and stakeholders to address thase
demands, is an ever-pressing challenge. If
the judiciary is to continue to be perceived
as committed to justice for all, it must
embrace and develop innovative, practi-
cal solutions to adhere to its core function.
   How can the judicial branch of govern-
ment transition from its traditional role
of providing a viable, accessible forum
for resolving disputes and safeguarding
important rights, to one that embraces
innovation and technology to address
the needs of the public it serves, while
continuing to administer justice for all?
This is a challenge the judiciary must face
in the years to come. We hope that this
issue provides food for thought. We look
forward to your comments on the issue
through our reader feedback link at www.
ambar.org/jj survey. 10


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Published in The Judges' Journal, Volume 54, Number 1, Winter 2015.  2015 by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof
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