NCRA President Sarah Nageotte represents NCRA at National Association for Court Management 2015 Annual Convention

NCRA President Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, attended the National Association for Court Management 2015 Annual Convention and 30th anniversary celebration held July 12-16, in Louisville, Ky. NACM is the largest organization of court management professionals in the world with members representing all levels and types of courts.

“It was an honor to be included as a part of NACM’s 30th anniversary celebration year,” Nageotte said. “It is important for NCRA and the stenographic court reporting profession to remain a part of the court family. From judges to court managers and all essential professionals in between, teamwork is needed to improve the administration of justice.”

Nageotte also represented NCRA as one of 10 stakeholders who were invited to take part in NACM’s preconvention board meeting as well.

“Many issues that stenographic court reporters experience are similar to those experienced with other areas in the judicial process,” she said. “For example, how do we provide equal access to justice? How can we use technology to improve efficiency and transparency to the public we serve? These are just two questions out of many that come to mind as I reflect on the opportunity I had to be a part of the NACM board meeting and the Joint Technology Committee meeting,” Nageotte said.

NCRA presentation highlighted in NACM publication

“Equal Justice Through Technology,” a presentation about how courts can provide the most accurate record possible in the most economical way by incorporating technology into the courtroom, was featured in the fall issue of Court Manager, the official publication of the National Association for Court Management. The presentation was made by NCRA members Sue Terry, RPR, CRR; Karen Teig, RPR, CRR, CMRS; and Sandra Bunch VanderPol, RMR, CRR, in conjunction with the Hon. David Nuffer, a U.S. District Judge for Utah, during NACM’s annual conference held in July.

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Reaching out to court managers

As a part of NCRA’s strategic goal of reaching out to the legal community, NCRA Director Doreen Sutton, RPR, from Scottsdale, Ariz., attended the board meeting of the National Association for Court Management Midyear Conference in Savannah, Ga., on Feb. 7-10. Sutton also attended the Forum on the Advancement of Court Technology meeting during the conference.

NCRA continues to enjoy a strategic alliance with NACM and anticipates working together on projects this year. The NCRA Board of Directors and its National Outreach Committee believe it is important to continue to explore opportunities to work with other organizations for the advancement and betterment of the judicial system and the stenographic reporting profession.

In response to NACM’s annual call for papers, NCRA has submitted a proposal for a court reporting technology presentation and will send a representative to the NACM 2014 Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., in July.

National Association for Court Management offers “Steps to Reengineering” for courts

The National Association for Court Management released a mini-guide for courts titled “Steps to Reengineering: Fundamental Rethinking for High-Performing Courts.” The guide presents five case studies from courts that developed a process for changing how they can perform their core functions more efficiently. The studies were conducted by the Superior Court of California, Orange County; the Scottsdale City Court, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District; Lake County, Ill., General Jurisdiction Court; and the State of Vermont Commission on Judicial Operation.

The approaches each court took to improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness varied greatly and, in most cases, included a continued involvement from all staff, both in creating and providing ideas that would work and in producing results that impelled change. Each of the courts undertook the projects between 2009 and 2010. In all cases, the courts cited the downturn in economic conditions as one of the reasons for tackling such a complex process.

The guide includes references to additional materials for courts interested in considering such a change.