Monday, July 20, 2009

Texas Courts Online

I wanted to make sure you know about the information available on Texas Courts Online - http://www.courts.state.tx.us/. From there you can use the court structure diagram to go to the Supreme Court, CCA, and the other levels of the court structure.
On the top of TCO is a red bar with buttons, including Judicial Directory. It takes a couple of selections to get to the following document, you may want to bookmark this page, trial court personnel by county: http://www.courts.state.tx.us/pubs/2009JudicialDirectory/TrialCourtJudges-PersonnelbyCo.pdf
Also on the top of TCO is a button for Judicial Information, which should be a useful resource page: http://www.courts.state.tx.us/oca/judinfo.asp The second link on Judicial Information leads to the system that runs reports on the data for you: http://www.dm.courts.state.tx.us/oca/reportselection.aspx
Also on the top of TCO is Judicial Entities, a page I use a lot because we support many of these entities: http://www.courts.state.tx.us/entities.asp
Also on the top of TCO is a Judicial Events button to see events that might be of interest: http://www.courts.state.tx.us/oca/calendar/current.asp
Also on the top of TCO is a News button, and if you click it today you'll see that we just released our legislative report. The direct link to that report is: http://www.courts.state.tx.us/tjc/pdf/81st_leg_update.pdf
On the very top right hand corner of TCO is an A-Z index that leads to our Encyclopedia where you can browse by topic: http://www.courts.state.tx.us/encyclopedia.asp. I would welcome any suggestions for additional topics that we could develop.
Just below the Encyclopedia is a link to OCA's home page http://www.courts.state.tx.us/oca/ . I use that page and the Programs and Projects page a fair amount http://www.courts.state.tx.us/oca/pros-home.asp.For a national perspective on court issues, the National Center for State Courts home page is: http://www.ncsconline.org/ and if you click Information on the left side of that page, then pick CourTopics Database, you get to this useful page of topics: http://www.ncsconline.org/wc/CourTopics/topiclisting.asp And on that page is a link to the State Links Index for comparative information on the various topics: http://www.ncsconline.org/wc/CourTopics/stateindex.asp
I welcome any suggestions on web content or presentation.

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