June 14, 2011

Justice Ming Chin weighs in to support the embattled Court Case Management System

The California Court Case Management System (CCMS) is a project of the Administrative Office of the Courts that, when implemented, promises to provide all California courts with a single, integrated statewide case management system. As we previously discussed here, the CCMS has drawn a good deal of flak from critics, especially after the State Auditor issued a withering report finding well over $1 billion in cost over-runs. In response to the report and the subsequent hue and cry, the Chief Justice appointed a special committee of the Judicial Council to ensure that “the project proceeds on schedule and within budget.”

With that as prologue, we thought we would share this editorial that Justice Ming W. Chin recently wrote for The Sacramento Bee, in which he extols the virtues of the CCMS as an instrument of public safety. Justice Chin points that a recent report of the Inspector General found violent offenders were accidentally released from prison without supervision because “our current criminal history database does not report the outcome of almost half of all arrests in California.” He notes that the CCMS will remedy this problem by giving “state law enforcement agencies instant access to information about criminal convictions.”

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