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In this issue of the State-Federal Judicial Observer:

  • Western States Commit to Improving State-Federal Judicial Relations: Nine States Set State-Federal Priorities at First Regional Conference in Skamania in June
  • NCSC Offers Technology Services to Federal Courts
  • Brookings Holds Seminar in Issues of Federalism in the Courts: Hughes Addresses Conference on Increasing Federalization of Crime
  • National Center for State Courts Publishes Caseload Statistics Report
  • Federalism in the Administration of Criminal Justice, by William W Schwarzer
  • California State-Federal Judicial Council Sponsors Capital Case Symposium; Issues are Identified for Dialogue, Solutions
  • Ensuring Gender Fairness is Issue at State-Federal Courts Bias Conference, by Marilyn Roberts
  • Focus On: New Court Complex --Tacoma Saves Historic Rail Station for Use by Judges, Court Administrators(includes photograph)
  • National Roundup of Activities of State-Federal Judicial Councils: (Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia)

The State-Federal Judicial Observer was published from 1993-1999 as an occasional newsletter. It was issued by the Center's Interjudicial Affairs Office to further the Center's statutory charge to further cooperation between the state and federal judiciaries. Issues covered a range of topics relating to judicial federalism and provide updates on state-federal judicial councils in the states that have them.

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A brief description of a test of the use of videotape for part of the bankruptcy discharge hearing for debtors required by 11 U.S.C. Section 524(d). The test demonstrated that use of the videotape conserves judge time and can enhance the value of the hearing to the debtor.

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A discussion of the issues courts must consider as they implement automated systems. The report describes the key role of the clerk of court in a new system's implementation, the importance of the system manager position, the logistical and personnel demands involved in the installation of computer hardware, and ways to use the system efficiently.

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This document presents the plan for automation within the United States courts for Fiscal Years 1985-1989

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A technical description of the design and implementation of a general-purpose data base programming facility, combining a network-style data base management system and a high-level system implementation programming language. The use of this facility in the development of the Courtran Criminal Docketing Automated Case Management System is also discussed. Reprint of 9 ACM Transactions on Database System 72, Number 1, (March 1984).

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A discussion of the use of teleconferences to conduct certain proceedings in federal courts. The author presents reports of judges experienced with the procedure.

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An analysis, produced for a symposium on federal judicial administration, of the ways in which technology helped the courts in the 1970s and 1980s and of how the special characteristics of courts affect their receptivity to technological innovation. 

The authors describe Courtran-various court and case-management applications that were developed by the Center and transferred to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in the 1970s and 1980s.

This is a reprint of 1981 Brigham Young University Law Review 659, No.3.

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A survey of the experiences of official federal court reporters using computer-aided transcription (CAT) technologies. The study reports mixed evaluations of the relative costs and benefits of CAT. The paper also presents the reporters' views on increased use of CAT in the federal courts and on alternatives to CAT.

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