MN Court Websites What’s online and how to find it? Katrina Zabinski Staff Attorney II SELF-HELP CENTER 4thJudicial District
Internet user statistics • 77.6% of Americans age 12 and older now go online. • 68.1% use the Internet at home, up from 46.9% in 2000. • 8.9 hours per week is the average amount each person spends on the Internet Source: 2007 USC Annenberg Digital Future Project
Pros & Cons + Access to court info 24/7, worldwide + Search function + Hyperlinks to related info + Interactive (email Q&A, e-filing, etc.) - Scope & quality of web content varies • May be a delay in getting answers to Qs • Limited court resources to update & manage web content
MJB on the Internet MJB www.mncourts.gov Districts www.mncourts.gov/district/4 (or 1, 2, etc.) SHC www.mncourts.gov/selfhelp Forms www.mncourts.gov/forms TIP: Short & easy URLs for brochures, handouts, letterhead, etc.
MJB Website www.mncourts.gov • Multiple audiences • Top navigation bar: Forms, Rules, Search, SHC • 237 webpages • Work-in-progress • MNCIS on the Internet coming soon!
District Websites • 4th District www.mncourts.gov/district/4 • 273 webpages: the most of any District! • divisions/departments • courthouses • judicial officers • forms • news • Self-Help Centers in the 4th Dist • Contact 4th Webmaster • Other Districts vary widely in amount of web content • see 1st (Dakota), 2nd, and 8th (Kandiyohi) for most info
Self-Help Center Website SHC www.mncourts.gov/selfhelp • “statewide” focus • target audience public / pro se litigants • “Hot” Topics, forms, resources, foreign language • 120 webpages • Cross-linking to other resources • Contact Us form (public emails answered daily) Content ideas & suggestions welcome!
Employee User Tips • Remember menus on right-margin • Improved search function • SHC topical structure: “basics,” forms, laws & rules, other topic resources, Related Links • State Forms vs. 4th Dist Forms vs. Non-court Forms • Contact Us links (webmasters, SHC) • Use “find” feature to search Word & PDFs docs • Courthouse & Judicial Directories w/ filters • Some display “bugs” with IE7