Regardless how that comes out, I am sure that trying to remain on the cutting edge of information technology and offering assistance to the courts will, if it isn't already, become one of the real hallmarks of the National Center's work because few courts have the capacity to do this by themselves.

Some of the larger courts do. They have a large enough staff that they have a planning or a technology staff with the time and experience to keep up. But most of the courts are just not staffed to that level and don't have, internally, the kind of resources that we're talking about. So they are dependent on outside resources.

If it weren't for the National Center, I'm not sure where they would go. They could end up just going to vendors, but they wouldn't be able to get any independent advice and they wouldn't be able to get any advice from someone who knows the courts intimately and knows all of the court applications that are out there. The need for independent advice from someone who knows the courts and knows the application of technology in the courts is going to become even more important tomorrow than it is today.

The National Center for State Courts has a Web page at:

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