William (Bill) Miller, Deputy Court Administrator for Information Technology, has announced his retirement from the Administrative Office of Courts and Probation as of April 5, 2013. Miller began employment with the Nebraska Judicial Branch in October 2005 and has served the court system for nearly eight years.
Justice William Cassel, Chairman of the Nebraska Supreme Court Technology Committee, noted, “It is impossible to adequately state the improvements in technology both achieved and underway in the trial and appellate courts of Nebraska during Bill Miller’s time as Deputy Administrator for Information Technology.” Cassel added, “Although he modestly gives credit to others, all agree that his staff leadership has been a vital part of this success. The trial courts, through document imaging and e-filing, are approaching a truly paperless system. Through a partnership with Nebraska Online, the business of the trial courts is instantly accessible from anywhere in the world, not just at the local courthouse. Trial judges and staff have been provided with the new technologies necessary to become more efficient in an age of challenging budgetary resources.”
Regarding the Nebraska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, Cassel noted, “Internally, the appellate courts have become purely electronic, and the appellate courts’ e-filing system and public access through Nebraska Online will soon match the success of the trial courts’ systems. All of Nebraska’s district and county courts now use a common case management platform and the trial courts’ platform is now interconnected with the appellate courts’ computer systems.
Under the direction of the Nebraska Supreme Court Technology Committee, the Information Technology Office has developed long-range plans and programs including a detailed Strategic Agenda extending through 2016.
According to Cassel, “From paying a traffic ticket online to the technology used by the Supreme Court in deciding cases and posting opinions, there is no area of the judicial branch where the technology has not changed during Bill’s tenure. While that change will continue, and probably accelerate, after his retirement, Bill’s contributions were instrumental to these successes.”