Connecting with the Courts: Online Access to State Judicial Systems

Title:
Connecting with the Courts: Online Access to State Judicial Systems
Authors:
Parkin, Michael; Wedeking, Justin
Abstract:
Access to the legal system is critical in any democracy. In this article, we extend past research by exploring a new and twenty-first century dimension of access—namely, access to a state's court system through its judiciary website. Using data from all fifty state judiciary websites, we find that online access is associated with the complexity and efficiency of the court system and, to a lesser extent, state-level Internet penetration and the size of the legal community, while partisan control generally has a modest or null effect. This suggests that practical or administrative considerations are more influential than political considerations when establishing online access to state courts.
Citation:
Parkin, Michael, and Justin Wedeking. 2016. "Connecting with the Courts: Online Access to State Judicial Systems." Justice System Journal: 1-15.
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
DATE ISSUED:
2016-09
Department:
Politics
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1080/0098261X.2016.1224133
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/620182

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dc.contributor.authorParkin, Michaelen
dc.contributor.authorWedeking, Justinen
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-25T15:02:21Z-
dc.date.available2016-10-25T15:02:21Z-
dc.date.issued2016-09-
dc.identifier.citationParkin, Michael, and Justin Wedeking. 2016. "Connecting with the Courts: Online Access to State Judicial Systems." Justice System Journal: 1-15.en
dc.identifier.issn0098-261X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/620182-
dc.description.abstractAccess to the legal system is critical in any democracy. In this article, we extend past research by exploring a new and twenty-first century dimension of access—namely, access to a state's court system through its judiciary website. Using data from all fifty state judiciary websites, we find that online access is associated with the complexity and efficiency of the court system and, to a lesser extent, state-level Internet penetration and the size of the legal community, while partisan control generally has a modest or null effect. This suggests that practical or administrative considerations are more influential than political considerations when establishing online access to state courts.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/0098261X.2016.1224133-
dc.subject.departmentPoliticsen_US
dc.titleConnecting with the Courts: Online Access to State Judicial Systemsen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJustice System Journalen
dc.subject.keywordState courtsen_US
dc.subject.keywordJudiciaryen_US
dc.subject.keywordWebsitesen_US
dc.subject.keywordOnline accessen_US
dc.identifier.startpage1en_US
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