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Top 10 Websites Justice Served proudly announces the Summer 2001

Top Ten Court Website Awards

Customer service is the hallmark of our Top 10 Court Website Awards for 2001. Some distinguishing features we found this year include e-mail notification to parties, online small claims filing, and online assistance to fill out forms. There is also a commendable expansion of sites that allow online payment of fines, and access to opinions, case files and calendars. We also saw substantial improvements in website navigation, well-designed user interface, excellent help systems for new users and speedy delivery of high-quality graphics.

By late September, we will list previous winners, our evaluation criteria and a list of Honorable Mention sites that came very close to the Top 10 this year. You can also nominate a site for next yearís award selection.

Through these awards we honor the innovative court professionals who continue to make court services accessible to the public by outstanding achievement in court Internet applications. These winners set the standard of best practice and serve as a model for all who strive for excellence.

Grab our Annual Top Ten Awards postcard. PDF format - allow time for page to load.

Evaluation Criteria 

Ventura Superior Court, CaliforniaVentura Superior Court, California
A beautifully designed user interface on a fast server, easy to use and information rich, this court website is our first choice. Heavy content includes online calendars, online traffic ticket payment, case index for civil and criminal areas, docket information, online Grand Jury application, E-filing, and bilingual online community outreach and customer service surveys.

Utah State Court, UtahUtah State Court, Utah
This is a secure site that provides everything anyone needs to file and maintain a probate case. Forms can be downloaded or completed on-line, and a full guardian's handbook and explanation of personal representative duties is available. It is also an innovative partnership with education to develop a worthy Website.

Sacramento Superior Court, CaliforniaSacramento Superior Court, California
A clean, well-organized interface makes this site a rare repeat winner of the Top 10 award. Features include a fast server, excellent online e-filing, small claims e-filing, case index and tentative rulings. We also liked their simple and clear case type definitions, excellent ADA information, grand jury reports and superb search capabilities for civil, criminal, probate and family law. The ability to file small claims cases online, alone, is worth a visit.

5th Court of Appeals, Dallas, Texas5th Court of Appeals, Dallas, Texas
Full text searching on both published and unpublished opinions and full searching capabilities on cases and attorney information are just some of the features provided by this impressive site. Additionally, parties may request e-mail notification when events change including case and calendar events. A tickler e-mail may be sent as a reminder. For these reasons, this site is a must have in our Top Ten.

Gwinnett County Courts, GeorgiaGwinnett County Courts, Georgia
The ability to calculate fines, look-up cases and access "quick links" to other sites of interest are some of the features that distinguish this site. The easy of use and navigation tools are worthy of note.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court Network, OklahomaThe Oklahoma Supreme Court Network, Oklahoma
Full case searching for Supreme and Appeals Courts, limited court documents, and information for all 77 district courts contribute to this site’s selection. Access to over 2,000,000 court documents clinches the deal.

Alberta Courts, Alberta, CanadaAlberta Courts, Alberta, Canada
A very easy user interface with a searchable judgments database and a province-wide display of calendars are the main selection factors for this site.

Brevard County Clerk of Courts, FloridaBrevard County Clerk of Courts, Florida
Juror appearance information, online excusal and postponement request, a fully searchable case management system and substantial customer information contribute to Top Ten selection for this nicely designed site.

Cobb County, GeorgiaCobb County, Georgia
A superb calendaring system with extensive search capabilities and statistics, plus a fully searchable civil and criminal database are some of the characteristics that add this court to the list. Others include a searchable fines and restitution database, an attorney search and a very nice user interface.

Franklin County Municipal Court, OhioFranklin County Municipal Court, Ohio
Public access to the court case management system, online traffic offense payment and a clean and simple user interface all give this site the nod for inclusion on our Top Ten list.



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