Jack McCarthy , Chief Information Officer
Hughes Justice Complex
25 Market Street
P.O. Box 984
Trenton, NJ 08625
The Information Technology Office (ITO) was created in 1985 to bring computerization to all areas of the court system. This program was based upon the recommendations of the Supreme Court Committee on Efficiency in the Operations of the Courts of New Jersey. The findings of this Committee were that the labor intensive nature of routine document processing within the court system and many of the administrative operations indicated substantial opportunities for automation, and in some cases lend themselves easily to automation. The computerization program was to devise and plan a means of developing, coordinating and implementing automated information systems that would satisfy the needs to improve and streamline court management and operations.
ITO assists the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and the Judiciary as a whole with information services in achieving the Judiciary's goals in streamlining the courts to be more effective, efficient and responsive to the general public and to those agencies which rely on court information.
ITO's goal is to provide information services in a prompt, accurate and efficient manner where appropriate for the judiciary to achieve its goals. An area of high priority is the development of caseload management systems and support systems at the local and state levels. Tthe success of nearly every court function (e.g. case processing, statistical reporting, dispute resolution, personnel and financial management) will be evidenced by the proper control of information and its records.
In the delivery of information services there is an ever present tradeoff between being responsive and being responsible. The objective is to maintain the flexibility to be responsive, but within the limits implied and explicit responsibilities and budgetary constraints. The overall themes of ITO's goals and objectives are cost containment, improved productivity and greater competence.
ITO is charged with the support of all court information processing requirements that are consistent with the Judiciary's objectives.
ITO's responsibilities complimentary to this charge include: