The Year In Brief

Modernize technology

CAS's IT strategies focused on transformational initiatives and plans aimed at addressing IT performance, emerging priorities and the development of a Life Cycle Management Plan. However, budget constraints prevented the completion of planned equipment and systems upgrades that are critical to successfully addressing the full spectrum of IT issues.

To mitigate some of the risks associated with aging systems and inadequate tools, CAS developed an IT performance and upgrade strategy and roadmap, which included various initiatives and cost effective solutions to enhance network performance, improve IT infrastructure and client service, and upgrade operating systems, business applications and software solutions. This also included the acquisition and testing of new software and the migration of court records to a new database platform. In 2013-14, CAS made progress in replacing some rusted-out technological components and continued optimizing of the new data centre to enhance its ability to address more complex requirements.

A network assessment and infrastructure optimization study was launched to enhance the strategies and plans aimed at addressing the organization's IT network performance issues and to optimize the IT infrastructure in order to meet the current and future needs of electronic courts and registry operations.

Through its Enterprise Project Management Office, CAS continued to improve its project management capacity by providing oversight and direct support to key stakeholders in accordance to its Project Management Framework.

CAS streamlined business processes to reduce the need for hard copies of documents in the management of the Law Clerk program; in particular, the Law Clerk On-Line Application system simplified the process for identifying candidates for Law Clerk positions.

In order to increase support to the members of the courts on travel and at CAS offices across Canada, CAS initiated a project to enhance remote connections. This initiative ensures improved accessibility and connectivity to the courts records required for day-to-day business. In addition, CAS updated the websites of the four courts to meet accessibility requirements and enhance search functionalities.