January 3, 2013
Court Issues Analysis
As society changes, the criminal justice system must also change. As the criminal justice system changes it is important to identify areas of the court system that needs changes. Portions of the court system facing changes are the way courts are managed including their problems and resolutions. Victim’s rights have emerged as a new trend in the courts as victims are given the rights to intervene in cases, prior to sentencing. In the future, the courts face a loss of cases to a potential private sector of courts such as arbitration and mediation. These changes and issues should be understood in order for the courts to match the emerging trends. The courts are an important piece of the criminal justice system. The courts continue to evolve to meet the demands of the criminal justice system, as new processes and trends emerge. This paper will explore future court management issues in relation to technological innovations and the problems with new technology in the courts. Additionally, victim rights going forward and the impact they have on court proceedings. The biggest issue facing courts in the future will be the potential division between the courts and the private law sector. It is important to note the technological innovations that impact court staff and judges. One of the most important aspects of a successful public court system is access to justice. Access to justice using technological innovations includes the use of electronic filings (Brunson, 2012). Courts and those who work with the courts can use technology in many routine activities. These can include the e-filing of documents, court standardizations, court management, document management, electronic discovery and access to documents (Brunson, 2012).
According to the National Center for State Courts, 26 states have adopted court rules enabling e-filing statewide or in...