July 7, 2021
New Hampshire Courts Implement Digital Hearing Solution from Thomson Reuters
A pilot program will lead to statewide adoption that will support the state’s e-Court Program Initiative to improve efficiencies, enable virtual hearings, and streamline court workflows
TORONTO, July 7, 2021 – Thomson Reuters today announced that its digital hearing solution powered by CaseLines, its leading cloud-based court exhibit presentation platform, will be implemented, with immediate effect, in a pilot superior court for all civil and criminal cases within Rockingham County of New Hampshire. Following the successful pilot, and county by county training with local attorneys, the system will be used statewide. The platform enables courts to facilitate more productive hearings and will allow New Hampshire to transform its court services, offering constituents more efficient and timely access to justice.
“We found during the pandemic that e-Court and e-Filing were crucial in permitting attorneys to work remotely and in allowing Superior Court cases to move forward,” noted Superior Chief Justice Tina Nadeau. “This pilot program will allow us to extend our electronic capabilities and make digital evidence management statewide the next logical step in our e-Court development.”
The adoption of the solution will expedite existing efforts – accelerated by the pandemic – to transform the way that courts operate, with the digitization of court processes set to continue post-pandemic. In line with New Hampshire’s e-Court Program Initiative, the solution will enable the state’s superior courts to reduce costs, improve case processing productivity and streamline hearings. New Hampshire becomes the second US state, after Arizona, to adopt the digital hearing solution statewide, following other jurisdictions globally.
“New Hampshire has been a leader in the digital transformation of its justice system,” said Steve Rubley, President of the Government Segment of Thomson Reuters. “We are delighted to support its ongoing efforts to transform its court operations, and to bring technology and digital capabilities to reimagine how the court system can better serve its people.”
The solution enables all parties in a case to organize, share and present evidentiary documents and multimedia exhibits effortlessly in a single, secure system, removing the challenges faced when sharing by traditional methods such as e-filing, email or other unsecure methods. The platform also enables anyone with access to a phone and internet connection to be securely invited to upload to the case file.
“The pandemic continues to take its toll on court systems across the country, and ultimately, it is often the most vulnerable in our society who are depending on continued access to justice that are most impacted,” continued Rubley. “We anticipate other states to recognize New Hampshire and Arizona’s leadership as early adopters of a digital exhibit solution, by following them in implementing cloud technology that can help meet the demands of remote working and streamline the court process.”
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