Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

eCourts 2018 will take place at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, December 10-12 and will provide opportunities to learn about practical applications of technology and innovations that may impact courts. This year we are reaching out to the community for session ideas to energize teams of administrators, technologists, and judges attending NCSC’s signature conference this year.

We want to hear from you! We encourage you to share your successes and challenges! Your session proposal should speak to a diverse audience and focus on a topic that affects our court community.

We encourage to share this opportunity with colleagues and anyone who can offer insights into technology in the courts.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should:

  1. Fit within one of the four themes below.
  2. Recommend potential speakers to present the topic.
  3. Not exceed 500 words in length. Shorter is preferred!
  4. Include your name, title, and contact information.

Deadline for Proposals is March 9

Your proposal will be reviewed by the eCourts Education Advisory Committee. You will be informed by late April if your session has been accepted.


Big Impact-Small Budget

How can courts maximize existing technology with limited budgets to meet ever-growing needs?

Examples: Approaches to prioritizing technology and staff resource investments, purchasing components rather than turnkey systems, approaches to build-or-buy decisions, benefits and risks of using open source, strategies for successful resource sharing.

Human-Machine Connection

How can technology improve the courts’ ability to connect with the public, justice partners, and participants? What are alternate means for the public to interact with the court, and provide improved flow of information?

Examples: Alternate communication methods, other methods for interacting with the court, growing uses for ODR, remote interpreting services, pretrial remote interview and tracking systems, automated forms with intelligent assistance, and chatbots. Natural Language Processing (NLP), machine learning, speech decomposition, and virtual assistants to improve data extraction and presentation.

Data vs. Information

How can we improve the way courts present data so it is meaningful and understandable? What are data quality strategies to increase confidence, availability, and portability?

Examples: Use of data visualization tools that are interactive, using configurable dashboards to create on-demand management reports, approaches to understanding the audience, strategies to simplify complex data, using AI tools to improve data quality, workflow, and availability.


How have portals provided access to multiple resources and services? How are portals used to improve user experience?

Examples: Portals may offer a single point of entry and some coordinating functions to enhanced services such as e-filing, bulk filing, access to records, service of process, information clearinghouses, legal services, forms assistance, id/role management through multiple systems, automated notifications.

Update March 9, 2018: Thanks for all your input, submissions are now closed.

Private Sector Speaking Opportunities

Private sector companies have an opportunity to speak at eCourts through sponsorship programs. Please contact Stacey Smith at [email protected] for more information.