Embracing the Accelerating Pace of Technology Change

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Posted: 2017-1-18

Knox County Court Clerk Mike Hammond recently attended the 2016 Annul e-Courts nationwide conference with court clerks from around the country.  The National Center for State Courts sponsored conference provided attendees with cutting-edge industry knowledge and education on future court issues; including the growing and widespread use of social media, smart phones, DNA, drones, GPS evidence and microbes.  Clerk Hammond said, “In the first 14 years of this century, we have seen more technology changes than in the last 100 years.  It is expected that technology will more than double in the next seven years.  This is why it is so important to move forward with our digital conversion from paper files.”

The Knox County Commission has approved a contract for digital technology implementation.  The necessary equipment has been ordered and the Fourth Circuit Court clerks’ office will be the first to convert.  Clerk Hammond estimates the conversion will take approximately six months.  Upon the Fourth Circuit Court Clerk’s office successful digital conversion, the General Sessions – Criminal Division and Criminal Court Clerks’ offices will follow suit.