Citation: McInness R, 'Bordertown and the Globalisation of Justice: Using Computers in an Australian Magistrates Court', Commentary, 1998 (2) The Journal of Information, Law and Technology (JILT).
This paper deals with the use of computers by magistrates working in high volume courts.
In Part 1 the author examines new demands being placed on magistrates courts as communities enter the Information Age. In Part 2 the author looks at using personal computers inside and outside the court room while working as a magistrate in South Australia, and discusses key factors to consider when using computers as tools.
About the Author
Rosanne McInnes practised as a barrister and solicitor in Australia until she was appointed to be a South Australian magistrate, in 1988. She began using personal computers inside and outside the court room in 1992. She uses personal computers and Internet resources when hearing criminal and civil cases in city and country magistrates courts.
This article is extracted from a hypertext presentation to the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Technology for Justice conference held in Melbourne, Australia, in March 1998 . A backup copy of the original presentation is available online at http://www.wantree.com.au/~rosmci/bordertownidx.htm . Copies of all conference presentations are available from the AIJA, on CD-rom.