New Court Affiliates

The Court Affiliates Program, part of the Center for Legal & Court Technology (CLCT), is a court network with a shared mission: to employ useful, efficient, and economical legal technology to enhance the administration of justice. Using the CLCT-managed McGlothlin Courtroom as its hub, the Affiliates work to minimize unnecessary duplication of effort, conserve financial and personnel resources, and promote compliance with the legal and pragmatic needs of the courts and those they serve. Through their mutual cooperative efforts, the Court Affiliates act to determine best practices and disseminate them among the member courts, and as appropriate, other legal organizations.

The Court Affiliates program is designed to serve as an interactive information exchange system offering opportunities to understand, discuss, and tackle the latest issues courts face. Among other matters, the Program will monitor legal developments related to new technologies such as artificial intelligence, social media, as well as more traditional topics including courtroom design, ethics, and privacy and electronically accessible court information.

The new Court Affiliates Website has been designed for judges, court administrators, and technologists to share and obtain critical legal, technical, and practical information. The Court Affiliates program is open to all courts.


Join the Court Affiliates

Benefits of membership include:

  • Access to the Court Affiliates website
  • 25% discount on all CLCT training courses
  • 25% discount on all CLCT conferences
  • 25% discount on annual Court Affiliates conference
  • Online workshops

The 2021 Court Affiliates Conference is tentatively scheduled for June 9–10, 2021, and will be hosted by the Tenth Judicial District of Kansas, Olathe, Kansas (just 20 miles south of Kansas City).

To learn more about the program, please contact Mary Beth M. Poma, Associate Director for Operations and Administration, at (757) 221-2228 or mmpoma@wm.edu.


2020 Court Affiliates Virtual Conference

Courtroom Video in the Age of the Pandemic: Trials, Tribulations, & Wonders

Held on June 1-2, 2020

Conference Information

2020 CONFERENCE AGENDA

2020 CONFERENCE MATERIALS

The 2020 annual conference, Courtroom Video in the Age of the Pandemic: Trials, Tribulations, and Wonders, was held remotely via videoconference on June 1–2. Our hosts, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida provided a virtual tour of the most technologically advanced state trial courtroom in the nation.

Texas Administrative Director of the Office of Court Administration, David W. Slayton gave the keynote address titled “The Role of Video Technology in the Pandemic Era.” Several Court Administrators and Judges in attendance shared challenges that courts now face in conducting virtual hearings, including how to present evidence, how to create a virtual court record, how to conduct the hearings, and data regarding virtual hearing outcomes.

Presenters also discussed current and potential future innovations and technology challenges for courts—including a presentation from Australia about Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based court record transcription and the potential use of video analytics to deliver emotional insights about witnesses, moving toward live, automated, lie detection.

After the close of the formal conference, Professors Fred Lederer and Nicolas Vermeys (visiting professor at William & Mary and Associate Dean of the University of Montreal Law Faculty) presented an optional session on the effects of the AI ecosystem on the legal system.

The 2021 Court Affiliates Conference is tentatively scheduled for June 9–10, 2021 and will be hosted by the Tenth Judicial District of Kansas, Olathe, Kansas (just 20 miles south of Kansas City).

Affiliate members may view some of the recorded sessions here.


2020 Court Affiliate Members

This content has been updated on November 17, 2021 at 1:47 pm.