OASIS LegalXML Electronic Court
Filing Technical Committee
October 3, 2011
Long Beach Convention Center
Court Technology Conference 2011
ECF TC Morning Meeting
Welcome and Introductions
CTC 2011 events
New use cases (e-SOP and e-discovery)
Feedback from ECF implementers (open to public)
ECF TC Afternoon Meeting
TC conference call
ECF TC Roster
Name Organization Role
Michael Alexandrou Judicial Council of Georgia Voting Member
Adam Angione Courthouse News Service Voting Member
Shawn Artrip Judicial Council of Georgia Member
Ron Bowmaster Utah Administrative Office of the Courts Voting Member
Peter Brown Individual Observer
James Cabral MTG Management Consultants, LLC. Chair
James Bryce Clark OASIS Observer
Thomas Clarke National Center for State Courts Member
Robin Cover OASIS Observer
Robert DeFilippis Individual Member
Scott Edson LA County Information Systems Advisory Body Member
Chet Ensign OASIS OASIS Staff Contact
Ali Farahani LA County Information Systems Advisory Body Member
Robin Gibson Missouri Office of State Courts Admin. Secretary
Diana Graski National Center for State Courts Member
Jim Harris National Center for State Courts Chair
Jason Hill New York State Office of Court Administration, DoT Member
George Knecht Individual Secretary
Alex Kravtsov Utah Administrative Office of the Courts Observer
Michael Neuren Judicial Council of Georgia Member
Robert O'Brien Individual Voting Member
Monica Palmirani University of Bologna-CIRSFID Observer
John Ruegg LA County Information Systems Advisory Body Member
Andrea Valle Adobe Systems Observer
D Welsh Microsoft Observer
CTC 2011 Events
“E-filing and Web Services”
“Paper-on-demand / E-filing Solution
ECF Specification Approval
ECF 4.01 Core, Web Services SIP and Portable
Media SIP specifications
1. 15 day Public Review (current state of all specs)
2. Committee Specification
3. Three statements of support from implementers
4. 60 day Public Review and OASIS Ballot
6. OASIS Standard
Goal: ECF 4.01 Core Specification to OASIS
ECF 4.01 SIPs will likely stop at Committee
Specification until more implementations exist
Only 1 active TC (ECF)
2 new TC proposed (LegalRuleML,
Merger with e-gov Member Section?
Discusses governmental/public administration
requirements for e-business standardization.
Directs and understands the impact of open standards
on the public sector.
Includes representatives from global, regional, national
and local government agencies
1 active e-gov TC: Transformational Government TC
Advancing an overall framework for using IT to improve the
delivery of public services
New LegalRuleML TC
Letters of endorsement
Relationship to prior LegalXML
Recruiting participation in new TC
Jim Cabral (chair, elected at large)
Robert O’Brien (ECF representative)
Monica Palmirani (elected at large)
2011: $27k ($23k available)
2012: Depends on funding plan
Agenda for 10/3/11 meeting
Budget and TC status reports
Funding requests and proposals for new TCs
Planning new TCs, 2012 budget and the long-term
viability of the Member Section
Electronic Service of
ECF 4.x supports secondary service
New Legislation and Rules
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Increasingly used as substitute “service of process” on an
Law enforcement e-subpoenas.
Collier County, FL.
Multiple cases of Chinese manufacturers being served by e-mail.
Who Is Subcommittee of the Internet Committee of the International
Recommending e-SOP on a company via e-mail to the
registered owner of the company’s Internet domain.
Supreme Court of India.
Authorized e-SOP by e-mail.
Service of process via Twitter.
Service of process via Facebook.
Australia – multiple cases.
New Legislation and Rules
Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act
Requires manufacturers to have an “agent” located in
at least one state where the company does business
that would accept service of process for any civil and
Rules for Debt Collection
Failures and abuses in debt collection process serving
are driving new legislation and rules
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Widespread e-SOP within the U.S. would likely require an
amendment to Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Rule 4(f)(3) allows for service outside the U.S. and for actions
pending in the federal courts.
Draft of The Federal Courts Law Review article, written by
Ronald J. Hedges, Kenneth N. Rashbaum, and Adam C. Losey.
“Even if all the arguments against electronic service of process hold
true, when electronic service of process is used as a secondary or
tertiary channel of service it is more secure and more reliable than
the channels currently used. Federal courts already allow service via
means that are less reliable than normal channels, provided that
more reliable channels are first exhausted.”
“Technology has evolved to the point that electronic service is
superior to many forms of traditional service. Electronic service
should now be treated as an equal to paper media by the Federal
EDRM XML schema available at edrm.net
Feedback from Implementers
Courts Solution Providers
Los Angeles County Intresys
New use case: Non- Green Filing
US Federal Courts
US Bankruptcy Courts
National Training Event
XML Structures Task Force (XSTF)
Logical Entity eXchange Specification (LEXS)
New approach to packaging NIEM messages for
3.1 – Publication & Discovery, Search & Retrieval
4.0 rc– adds Subscribe & Notify and Domain Exchange
Minor changes and additions
Children, Youth and Family Services (CYFS) domain
Some overlap with ECF Juvenile case extensions
Tentative Publication Date: 2013
New for NIEM 3.0
New self-service tools available
Harmonization of 2.1, new content, and
New Domain Potential Domain Updates Content Tools Formats
Biometrics Agriculture CBRN/IT MDA Domain Update Change Request
Coordinated Effort Tools Template
Cyber Security Education CYFS Code List Generator UML Profile for
Human Services Federal Financials & MMUCC (Crash Publication Area NIEM-Conforming
Grants Mgt Data) Schema Import
Future ECF Core Specifications
New Functionality Architecture Updates
Electronic Service of NIEM 2.1
Process? Reconcile w/ CYFS
Federal Courts? NIEM 3.0?
Non-court filings? LEXS 3.1 / 4.0?
AZ TurboCourt Integration
October 03, 2011
• ECF specification defines 2 SIP:
- Web Service SIP;
- Portable Media SIP
• AZ MDEs use MQ based transportation
• Need to have AZ TurboCourt Messaging
• An MDE may need to support multiple
profiles, e.g.: WebService and Messaging.
ECF v.4.0 Web Services SIP AZ TurboCourt Messaging Profile
http transport MQ based transport (IBM, Apache)
Messages are wrapped with SOAP Does not use SOAP envelopes
Uses complete WSDL definitions: Uses incomplete WSDL definitions:
message, types, portType (interface), messages; types; portType (interface)
binding, port, service.
Imports TurboCourt schema extension:
The extension redefines some elements; introduces new ones; is fairly small
TurboCourt Schema Extension
<xsd:element ref="DocumentTitleText" minOccurs="0"/>
<xsd:element ref="DocumentCategoryID" minOccurs="0"/>
<xsd:element ref="DocumentCategoryName" minOccurs="0"/>
<xsd:element ref="ActivityRequest" minOccurs="0"/>
Debates: Create IEPD?
Option 1: Don’t create IEPD, use the one from the specification.
Option 2: Create one by removing unneeded elements, adding (from
NIEM) the missing ones
Message Receipt Message needs to be
Large filings tie up resources with synchronous MRM for a
considerable period of time.
Multiple MRMs should be possible to make async updates.
Make your element or use provided?
A frequent use case of an element having multiple identifications:
Could be instead:
• Why are you asking for ECF
• What security issues exist
– External Source
– Case specific issues
• What technical issues exist
– Document specific data
– Multi-case filing
– Partial approval
– Levels of status response
– Payment PCI compliance
– Refile issues
– Time Stamp
External filer support
Attorney Filer Interface
Filer Interface API API
State Agemcy State Agemcy
Future ECF SIP
Updates to Web Service SIP
New versions of Global Reference
Architecture (GRA) Web Services SIP?
Future Outreach and
Recruit NIEM and Global Reference
Online training in development?
Needs funding for hosting
Needs developer and funding
Future of the ECF TC
ECF Core Spec. to OASIS Standard
ECF SIPs to Committee Specification
Approval of Errata
Outreach and training
New versions of core?
Testing and conformance
Future of the LegalXML
Merge with e-gov?
ECF TC Conference Call
Call-in number: 800-503-2899
Access code: 3174563#
Next conference call:
November 8, 2011, 11am – noon EST
Next face-to-face meeting: