Contexte Project Process

With current staff, AOC is able to conduct multiple, concurrent projects using a combination of factors including geographic location, project size, caseload, and type of court. The following factors will be considered in determining the AOC’s readiness to deploy Contexte.

Is the district court part of the state district court pilot project?

AOC will be sensitive to the evolving nature and jurisdiction of the limited jurisdiction courts and support the effort to modernize the judiciary.

Is the request for a single location or an entire judicial district?

When implementing in courts with judges presiding over multiple locations, it can be challenging for the judicial staff to have only some of their locations in the new system.

How many locations are in the judicial district?

The number of locations impacts both the geographic area required for travel and the ability to complete an entire judicial district. For larger judicial districts, it may be more prudent to first implement the courts with bigger caseloads.

How many judges are in the district?

Larger court and clerk staff size results in longer projects and more training.

Have all the clerks and judges agreed to participate?

The AOC must be thrifty with available funding. If only part of a court or clerk’s office is willing to participate, the project makes less economic sense.

Does the court have sufficient hardware and Internet bandwidth to participate?

Some courts may require additional hardware or infrastructure upgrades in order to meet the minimum technology requirements .

How large is the caseload being added into Contexte?

The AOC has an overarching goal of increasing the caseload in Contexte. However, AOC strives to conduct a mixture of large and small projects in order to manage the effort.

What is the estimated travel expense for the project, and are sufficient funds available?

The size of the project, the distance from Little Rock, and the cost of travel may impact the AOC’s ability to conduct the project. The AOC will rely on regional functional staff as much as possible to limit travel expense.

Can the project be conducted concurrently with another project?

Multiple courts in adjacent counties or cities that participate in one implementation project can lead to a more efficient use of limited resources.