Top 10 Court Websites Awards Announced

FACT was proud to announce the 2014 winners of our annual Top 10 Court Websites Award during the annual NACM conference last week in Scottsdale, Arizona.

And the winners are….

The Philadelphia Courts – First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Connecticut Judicial Branch

Superior Court of California, Orange County

Supreme Court of Nevada

Michigan Supreme Court

New Jersey Courts

Denver County Court

Ashtabula County Courts System

Florida Office of the State Courts Administrator

United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida

A panel of 5 judges scored nominees based on 5 categories with specific features/functions defining each category.  Click here to download a copy of the judging criteria used.

Congratulations to all of our winners!  And thank you to all nominees for your hard work.

Introducing the Judges


Yolande E. Williams has been the Court Administrator for the Municipal Court of Seattle since October 1999.  She served as the Executive Officer for the Yolo County Superior Court, Woodland, California from 1994 until 1999.  Prior to this, she held the positions of Assistant Executive Officer and Director of Administrative Services for the Sacramento Superior and Municipal Court. From 1980 until 1988 she worked for the King County Department of Judicial Administration in Seattle, WA.

Ms. Williams holds a BS degree in Business Administration from City University, Bellevue, WA, and an MBA in Management from Golden Gate University.  She is a Fellow of the National Center for State Courts, Institute for Court Management (1994).

Gregory Ireland is the Executive Officer of the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The Second District is New Mexico’s largest general jurisdiction court with 27 judges and approximately 50,000 cases filed each year.

He holds two masters degrees in administration from the University of Denver, College of Law.  He has been an administrator in general and appellate jurisdiction courts in both urban and rural areas since 1984.  He has been recognized to speak nationwide and has often coached court organizations in subjects such as caseflow management, electronic document filing, and best practices for litigants who represent themselves pro se.  His courts have won two national Justice Achievement Awards from the National Association of Court Management.  He has been influential in helping courts to adopt technology standards such as “Courtroom 21″ and has had numerous articles published concerning the use of advanced technology in the courts.

Nancy Crandall is the principal of Justice Connections, a consulting company specializing in courts and criminal justice business and technology innovations. She has more than 30 years of industry experience having held a variety of management positions in court administration and the Minnesota State Court Administrator’s Office prior to launching her consulting company in 2011.   As an independent consultant she has worked with courts, law enforcement and vendors providing products and services to public sector clients.

Susan Laniewski is a career justice and courts expert with experience in managing, directing, implementing court and justice technology.  She brings experience in executive level relationship, fiscal and project management within the private and public sector and not-for profit services, and specific justice and court case management implementation background in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, among others.  Currently a Director in the Justice Practice for Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG)  Ms. Laniewski’s executive experience with county, state and local government courts and justice agencies and court systems spans more than 30 years, and includes requirements and case management  systems projects.  Her expertise includes juvenile and criminal justice services consulting, interagency and international expertise, government technology and agency experience with 25+ years in progressively responsible positions and experience in the public sector at all levels of state, local and federal government, public sector consulting and telecommunications. She brings expertise in leading requirements and strategic planning efforts for court case management projects, strategic planning for integrated justice and operational court and justice expertise.  As a consultant, she has focused her efforts on and integrated justice system development and planning for adult and juvenile agencies, privacy and security formats for justice data sharing and interoperability programs.

Rita Riehemann is the marketing director for Extract Systems. Her previous career as a journalist serves her well in her current role as an inquisitive and persistent champion for data security and workflow efficiency. She holds an MBA from Edgewood College and her greatest adventures include biking across the United States and parenting two inquisitive and persistent children.

A special thank you to all of our judges for your time and effort.

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