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Letter from the State Court Administrator

State Court Administrator Jeff ShorbaAfter spending more than 150 years working with paper records, Minnesota has now transitioned to an all-electronic case record. Over the past several years, our courts and our customers have seen the immediate benefits of this transition: electronic filing of court documents from your home or office, instant access to statewide court records from more than 100 court locations across the state, and better information-sharing and collaboration between state and local government organizations. By embracing technology, the Minnesota Judicial Branch has made our entire justice system work better, smarter, and faster.

Thanks to the speed and versatility of working with an electronic case record, our courts are now able to explore new ways of doing the behind the scenes case processing work that ensures cases are heard and files are updated as efficiently as possible.

We can shift records – and the work associated with reviewing and processing those records – across county and judicial district lines, opening up many new opportunities for reengineering.

Later in this report, you will see greater detail on how this reengineering is benefitting our courts and improving our service to the public by making our court operations more consistent across county lines, allowing us to keep service windows in small, rural courthouses open to the public, and improving the efficiency of case processing.

Of course, that’s just one part of the important and exciting work State Court Administration was involved in last year. This annual report highlights many of the important projects that State Court Administration helped advance in 2017, from securing new funding to support the state’s successful treatment court programs and the security of our state’s courthouses, to launching an enhanced cyber security program to better protect the electronic tools and data maintained by our courts. More broadly, by providing statewide services in areas like human resources, finance, and technical support, the work of State Court Administration allows the state’s district and appellate courts to focus more of their resources directly on processing cases and administering justice on behalf of the people of Minnesota.

It is an honor to serve as Minnesota’s State Court Administrator, and to work alongside talented judges and staff who are dedicated to improving the justice system in our state.

Jeff Shorba
State Court Administrator