Judiciary Launches Court Clips Video Series, RSS Feeds
By Mike Mathis
The Judiciary has joined the social media revolution.
The first installment of Court Clips, a new series of short video clips that informs court users about court programs and services, debuted on YouTube in March.
The first video is about the Judiciary’s foreclosure mediation program and provides information on how to contact the courts to participate in the program.
To view the video, users can go to the Judiciary Web site, judiciary.state.nj.us, and click the “Court Clips” icon on the left side of the page. This takes users to the Judiciary’s YouTube page, where the video is posted.
Future Court Clips will cover topics such as the veterans’ assistance project, drug court program, and services for self-represented litigants.
The Judiciary is considering posting other video content online in addition to Court Clips, including Chief Justice Stuart Rabner’s annual Law Day address and education-related programs.
“Our court users are adapting to the digital age, and so are we,” said Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts. “Court Clips is one of many Web site innovations that help attorneys, their clients and others stay informed about the courts.”
The Judiciary’s move to social media outlets such as YouTube provides the Judiciary with another way to reach a large and growing audience that is embracing technology with breakneck speed.
A second New Jersey Courts Web site innovation enables court users to sign up for RSS feeds on the Judiciary Web site to receive the latest information issued by the courts, including Supreme Court opinions, notices to the bar, and press releases.
RSS, which stands for “really simple syndication,” is a commonly used format for sharing and distributing Web content. Using an RSS reader, users can view data feeds that have been sent from the Judiciary Web site directly to a personal start page of any common Internet homepage, such as My Yahoo or iGoogle.
In order to get the Judiciary RSS feed, go to the Courts home page at judiciary.state.nj.us and look for the RSS icon under the “Here’s the Latest” section. Users can choose one or all types of feeds: Judiciary News Alerts, Supreme Court News and Notices to the Bar. Additional instructions tell how to add those feeds to a personal start page.
To submit ideas for Court Clips, send an e-mail to WebWork.firstname.lastname@example.org