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Friday, April 16, 2010

Electronic Subpoena System to replace cumbersome hand delivery of 100,000 paper subpoenas

Louisville Metro police have signed a $454,000 contract to adopt an Electronic Subpoena System to replace the county's cumbersome system of hand-delivering 100,000 paper subpoenas annually and help make sure officers show up for court.

“Everybody's going to benefit from this,” especially police, said Bruce McMichael of the Louisville Metro Criminal Justice Commission.

Metro Police Lt. Col. Vince Robison, responsible for overseeing court attendance, said the department is “very optimistic this will help us eliminate” the problem of officers missing court.

In recent years, an estimated 10 percent of the approximately 100,000 paper subpoenas issued annually to Louisville police never reached the officers, according to department officials. They and others cite the process as one reason why officers miss court. More on this story can be found here.

For those of you following my Blog you know this is the second major instance where government has deployed this type of solution to deal with the challenges associated with physical paper service of process.

I suspect this is just the beginning of things to come...