Implementing the Principles

Six principles provide a framework which creators of technology products and projects may use to extend access to the justice system. The Supreme Court adopted these principles as binding upon any under their rule-making authority. Moving from principle to practice is difficult. If institutional users, the creators and evaluators of technology projects in the justice system, integrate the Principles into the earliest phases of project design, our technology systems’ reality will gradually conform to the Principles.

This website’s resources are intended to assist in the evaluation of technology products of all types deployed for the justice system in Washington State. For project managers and enterprise architects employed by the courts, consult the planning-focused “ATJ Guide for Managers”. For purchasers, systems developers and architects, integrators, and information specialists, try the feature-focused “ATJ Guide for Developers”.

Readers may use these guides to enhance their understanding of the Access to Justice Technology Principles and the value that the Principles offer to their projects. They may also be used to support evaluation of existing projects’ compliance with the Principles. Finally, the guides can act as a point of reference when specifying, procuring, and evaluating new technology affecting the courts.