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ATJ Technological Principles Update

Posted by Unknown | Oct 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Washington State Supreme Court approved new access to justice technological principles on June 4, 2020. These principles are guidelines for the justice system decisionmakers to utilize technology whenever possible to avoid the reduction of access to justice. 

Order Approving ATJ Technology Principles.pdf
Order approving ATJ technology principles

Key updates from the 2004 principles::

  • Accessibility
    • A very important update requires the design and implementation of technology must consider all people, including those with disabilities.
  • Continued Reevaluation of Technology Including Algorithms
    • Now, the justice system is required to ensure that technology, including algorithms, are periodically evaluated for inequitable processes, unfair outcomes, and unintended negative impacts.
    • Also, there is a requirement to correct unfair or inequitable technology that has already been implemented.
  • Cultural Responsiveness
    • This update points out that the justice system should have principles and practices addressing and responding to cultural variables and diversity of people and communities. 

Thanks to the Access to Justice Board, and the Administrative Office of the Courts in their work to get these new principles passed.

 Find the 2004 order The 2004 court oder this is based on is at the Court Website

Written under supervision by Sarterus Rowe WSBA# 47010 

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