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A supplementary report to a 1979 report undertaken at the court's request because evidence to support permanent installation of the electronic-mail capability was inconclusive as a result of certain technological and operational problems. This follow-up study describes various refinements in the system and documents the efficiencies attributable to the technology in the Third Circuit.

See also The Impact of Word Processing and Electronic Mail on United States Courts of Appeals (1979).

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The Courtran Project is a research and development project being undertaken by the Federal Judicial Center. The aim of this project is to investigate how technology, especially the introduction of computer systems, can be used to support the federal courts. This study analyzes several existing and planned Courtran applications in terms of the benefits delivered to the courts. Each of the applications discussed has had a significant impact by assisting in day-to-day court operations and managerial requirements, as  well as providing increased capabilities to satisfy the administrative and research needs of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and the Federal Judicial Center.

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A description of the implementation in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals of word processing and an electronic-mail network using Courtran computer resources. The report concludes that these technologies substantially reduce appellate processing time, improve secretarial and judicial productivity, and expedite delivery of correspondence to chambers and offices.

See also Follow-Up Study of Word Processing and Electronic Mail in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals (1980).

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This study was undertaken to assist the Federal Judicial Center in evaluating the results of the Word Processing and Electronic Mail Project conducted in the Third Circuit. The evaluation (1) examined the impact of word processing equipment on the opinion drafting process to see if that process might be shortened by the use of this equipment; (2) evaluated the need for video display based word processing equipment to meet the typing requirements of the circuit; (3) examined the nature of typing support within the circuit; (4) investigated the impact of electronic transmissions on the opinion preparation process and the time required to prepare an opinion to be filed; and (5) compared the time required to exchange opinion s through the U.S. Postal Service and the electronic mail capability provided by the Federal Judicial Center. -- -- Data for this study was collected from interviews with judges, interviews with secretaries, a three week word processing survey, and from the Federal Judicial Center.

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A presentation to the Federal Court Clerks Association on the status and future of Courtran.

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This report is the third of four prepared during a study of the communications requirements of the Courtran II processing system. This report analyzes and compares pricing for each of the primary Courtran II network alternatives.

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A description of the calendaring and assignment computer software system that the Center designed at the request of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The report includes suggestions for possible applications of that software.

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This report is the second of four prepared during a study of the communications requirements of the Courtran II processing system. This report addresses alternative network methods, including Direct Distance Dialing (DDD), Wide Area Telecommunications Service (WATS), a Value Added Network (VAN), and a private multiplexor network.

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This study was conducted in order to develop a projection of the Federal Judicial Center Courtran II data communications requirements and to determine the most cost effective way to meet those requirements. The study looked forward from 1978 to 1983.

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