Information Technology Office

Jack McCarthy , Chief Information Officer
Hughes Justice Complex
25 Market Street
P.O. Box 984
Trenton, NJ 08625

The Information Technology Office (ITO) was created in 1985 to bring computerization to all areas of the court system. This program was based upon the recommendations of the Supreme Court Committee on Efficiency in the Operations of the Courts of New Jersey. The findings of this Committee were that the labor intensive nature of routine document processing within the court system and many of the administrative operations indicated substantial opportunities for automation, and in some cases lend themselves easily to automation. The computerization program was to devise and plan a means of developing, coordinating and implementing automated information systems that would satisfy the needs to improve and streamline court management and operations.

The Mission Statement for ITO

ITO assists the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and the Judiciary as a whole with information services in achieving the Judiciary's goals in streamlining the courts to be more effective, efficient and responsive to the general public and to those agencies which rely on court information.

ITO Goals and Objectives

ITO's goal is to provide information services in a prompt, accurate and efficient manner where appropriate for the judiciary to achieve its goals. An area of high priority is the development of caseload management systems and support systems at the local and state levels. Tthe success of nearly every court function (e.g. case processing, statistical reporting, dispute resolution, personnel and financial management) will be evidenced by the proper control of information and its records.

In the delivery of information services there is an ever present tradeoff between being responsive and being responsible. The objective is to maintain the flexibility to be responsive, but within the limits implied and explicit responsibilities and budgetary constraints. The overall themes of ITO's goals and objectives are cost containment, improved productivity and greater competence.

ITO is charged with the support of all court information processing requirements that are consistent with the Judiciary's objectives.

ITO's responsibilities complimentary to this charge include:

  1. Development and ongoing operation and maintenance of production information systems.
  2. Acting as an advisor/consultant throughout the Judiciary on computer/information systems-related matters.
  3. Serving as a catalyst for improving operations through system enhancements or new system development.
  4. Strategic planning for effective use of the court's information resource.
  5. Integrating the organization's databases and application systems.
  6. Design and management of the Judiciary's database.
  7. Development, implementation, and enforcement of standards and procedures relating to computer/information processing.
  8. Recommending computer/information services related policy for top management and/or Policy committee approval.
  9. Serving as support staff to the Judiciary Information Systems Policy Committee.
  10. Evaluating and selecting hardware/software and serving as the primary vendor contact.
  11. Maintaining the physical security of ITO computing facilities.
  12. Conducting user education programs in support of end-user processing.
  13. Complying with all laws and rules governing the of information.
  14. Coordinating and implementing computer-based office automation applications and hardware, including word processing.
  15. Maintaining state-of-the-art expertise on the technology and informing user groups of how the technology can be applied to enhance operational effectiveness.
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