Del. Court Internet Site More Than E-Forms
- By Daniel Keegan
- May 01, 2000
The Delaware Superior Court has launched a World Wide Web site that features
comprehensive information about the court and how it operates.
The public can access information on the court's history, its members,
the jury system, its groundbreaking e-litigation system, in which documents
can be electronically filed, and more.
The court decided that a Web site would best serve the public, and each
judge had input into what would be posted, said Superior Court President
Judge Henry Ridgely. By using the Internet, the court is better able to
communicate with the public, he said.
"I think a lot of people would not realize that the information is available
without the Web site being there," he said. "I think this is representing
a sea of change on how courts will do business and interact with the public."
In the future, Ridgely said, he hopes the site will be "the daily source
for what is being scheduled and what matters are proceeding." The jury segment
will be updated so that prospective jurors can communicate with the judges
and court system.
He also said he hopes to set up a feedback system in which citizens
who use the site can comment on how the court can improve its services.
Webmaster Margaret Derrickson, who created the site and is in charge
of updating it, said the goal is to keep the public constantly informed.
"Our site is really to serve the community," she said.