A Chat with Jorge Basto, JC/AOC Information Technology

The Courts Journal sat down with Jorge Basto, JC/AOC Information Technology Division Director, to learn about the work of the IT Division and his participation in this year's Court Technology Conference.


Courts Journal: You presented this year at Court Technology Conference (CTC). Tell us a little about the topic you presented on?

Jorge BastoJorge Basto: I presented, along with Judge Gregory Price, Juvenile Court, Rome Judicial Circuit, on the Juvenile Data Exchange Project (JDEX) which was launched in 2015. This project was started to enable the collection of juvenile records from dependent and independent courts to produce several risk assessment tools for Georgia. Several other jurisdictions have started this effort but Georgia excelled in this area and we were asked to share our experience. http://jdex.georgiacourts.gov/


Courts Journal: This isn’t the first time you’ve been to CTC. Can you explain your background with CTC? How many events have you been to? Presented at?

Jorge Basto: I attended my first Court Technology Conference the year I started working with the Technology Division for the AOC (2005). This event was held in Seattle that year and there were over 3,000 attendees. This biennial conference brings together court jurisdictions from all over the world to discuss technology projects, processes, tools, funding and more. The AOC of GA made it a goal to be considered as speakers and share some of the successes we were having as a state. We submitted a proposal on Business Intelligence and I was asked to present at the 2007 CTC in a Super Session – Main Event Hall. This led to other interests and resulted in articles being written for ComputerWorld and Government Technology Magazines.

     I have since presented at numerous local, state and national conferences on several technology-related topics to a wide variety of audiences.


Courts Journal: How does presenting/attending CTC and other national conferences help the Georgia judiciary?

Jorge Basto: The true benefit of these conferences is the interaction and access to peers in other jurisdictions. Many of the issues and questions that are presented in Georgia technological landscape have been addressed in other states and I have direct knowledge and/or access to these. As a member of the Judicial Council Committee on Technology, I am constantly asked about planning and implementation strategies for statewide efforts. I can share a proactive perspective on what will (and won’t) work in Georgia. I am also able to assess vendors throughout the nation which introduces a much fairer private sector partnership in Georgia.

     I have been a member of the Court IT Officers Consortium (CITOC) since it was chartered in 2005 and served as Chair for three years (2014-2016). I currently serve as Vice-Chair and we hold our annual meetings in conjunction with the NCSC Conferences. Georgia’s judiciary is not immune from the proliferation of technology and areas relating to infrastructure, software, security and standards are a constant need being addressed by every council in the Judicial Branch. This was actually noted as a Key Initiative in the most recent JC Strategic Plan under “Build Thought Leadership.” Initiative 8 actions call for “Attend national conferences” and Monitor national issues.”


Courts Journal: What are some highlights from 2017 for the IT Division?

Jorge Basto: The Judicial Council/AOC's IT Division remains busy every year as new ideas and projects materialize from sources within and beyond the judiciary. Our partnerships with the private sector, ancillary agencies and other branches of government generate numerous projects for our small staff. We participate in various capacities ranging from consulting through hosting and support.


For 2017, there are several notable efforts. The following are a few that encompass new development.

  •      GA Judicial Services Portal
  •      Criminal Justice Efiling
  •      Data Sharing Initiative (ECourts)
  •      Accountability Courts WebService
  •      Rule 3.15 Reporting
  •      TIPS / DDS Integration
  •      TYLER GAJE Module – Child Support


 Not to be overlooked, we continue to maintain, support and update

  •  Case Management Software for courts
  •  Data Exchanges Services with public and private entities
  •  Reporting needs
  •  Email, file/folders, internet, mobility, hardware
  •  Web Development


Courts Journal: What are some interesting projects IT is working on right now looking into 2018?

Jorge Basto: As we prepare to launch a new calendar year, there are always legacy items that will necessitate maintenance and updates but there are already plans to:

  • Rewrite the Magistrate Case Information System
  • Introduce functionality changes to the Probate Case Information System (v3)
  • Migrate the Child Support Application to a Windows environment
  • Single Sign-On Utility Judiciary Wide
  • Cybersecurity






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