Name a tech conference you attended that didn’t include a session about the court of the future. You can’t—until now. Because the court of 2020—with virtual hearings, ODR and AI—is no longer the future. It’s happening, so hop on.

It is clear that for the foreseeable future there will be fluctuating geographical restrictions during this continuing pandemic. Many of the remote and online tools that have been put into place to improve access to the court during this time work well. How will these technologies be used after things turn back to normal? Important next steps should be the continuing improvement of this technology and creating a strategy that properly balances virtual and in-person services. Let’s look to the future and plan now.

David Slayton

Administrative Director
Texas Office of Court Administration
Austin, Texas

David Slayton began serving as the Administrative Director for the Texas Office of Court Administration and as Executive Director of the Texas Judicial Council in May 2012. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Court Administration for the Lubbock County District Courts and County Courts at Law. He has been employed by the judicial branch in various roles for 20 years. Mr. Slayton earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Texas Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University. He is a 2007 Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.