Monthly Archives: April 2014

HANDLING YOUR FIRST ELECTRONIC (paperless) CALENDAR – 10 SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW (14-06)

HISTORICAL TRANSFORMATION: The Minnesota Judiciary is in the midst of one of the most innovative transitions in the history of the state court system. We are well on the way to becoming one of the first state court systems in the country to successfully transition from a paper file courtroom environment to an electronic (paperless) courtroom environment.

MAKING THE TRANSITION: Many judges have already successfully made the transition, but many others (myself included) are still in the early stages of the transition. Personally, this has been a challenging change to make. As I have worked through this process I found the attached 10-step checklist helpful. The purpose for this update is to share this 10-step checklist with other judges that (like me) are trying to manage the transition to an electronic courtroom environment.

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Pendleton Update 14-6

 

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COURTROOM INTERPRETERS – 6 PROCEDURAL STEPS TO FOLLOW (14-05)

STEP ONE: Know the Rules and Statutory Authority;

STEP TWO: Determine the Need For an Interpreter;

STEP THREE: An Interpreter Should be Qualified as an Expert and Administered an Oath. Rule of Evidence 604;

STEP FOUR – OPTIONAL: To Assure That All Participants Understand the Role of the Interpreter, the Court Should Consider Reading the Following Language at the Start of a Court or Jury Trial;

STEP 5: Interpreter Jury Instruction and Use of Two Interpreters;

STEP 6: Seven Judicial Tips on How to Maximize the Use and Effectiveness of a Courtroom Interpreter.

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Pendleton Update 14-5