The County Circuit Court and the Clerk & Register of Deeds in Macomb has switched to using Google Apps.
Macomb is Michigan’s third most populous area with some 830,000 residents. It also boasts expansive parkland with nearly 100 miles of hiking and biking trails; not to mention over 1,900 retail establishments.
The Macomb legal infrastructure, which is, I believe, considered to be one of the most efficient in the State of Michigan, has 308 county judges and 68 clerk staff. Yet, it has decided to make use of Google’s Apps for Government scheme, which it says will improve the efficiency even further.
Speaking with googleenterprise.blogspot.co.uk, Mark Switalski, Macomb County Circuit Court Chief Judge said: “[The scheme] gives our employees great collaboration tools we never had before. County staff use Google Talk to communicate with clerks while they are in court or on the phone for quick answers.”
He added: “Jury staff use Google Docs to post juror Web updates without Web publishing software, even when working from home during bad weather…”
Mark Switalski also added that he believed the major draw to using Google was cost. Legal costs can often run riot at times. However, using cloud-based infrastructure rather than in-house hardware and software helps keep control of costs.
It also reduces unnecessary time for the IT department trying to constantly update and maintain its own structures. Everything is done for them by Google.