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‘Finished’ Court IT Project to Cost State 100s of Millions for Years

by Maria Dinzeo, Courthouse News Service

The current claim from court bureaucrats that a big IT project is “finished” runs counter to budget documents showing plans to spend $242,000 on the project every single day from now through mid-2014.

A memo entitled “Fact Check” was sent by the Administrative Office of the Courts to reporters and legislators earlier this month, saying the IT system called the Court Case Management System is completed.

“CCMS is finished and works,” said the fact check.

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye referred to the same memo two weeks ago in telling her audience of about 100 judges and court executives that they had the facts in their hands showing “no direction being taken on CCMS in 2011, except to confirm that it works.”

But a set of budget figures, prepared last summer by the same central court bureaucracy, shows that the “finished” endeavor is expected to continue generatingextraordinary expense for California’s public purse, and will do so for years to come.

Read the rest at this link.

Hat Tip: StR