WASHINGTON (WJLA) – A MPD officer struck in a hit-and-run had to wait nearly 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived on scene.A vehicle struck the MPD officer just after 6:30 p.m. at 46th and A streets SE. When the call was dispatched, D.C. said they had no available EMS units to send.An ambulance from Prince George’s County was dispatched, arriving to the scene at 6:52 p.m. Nearly an hour passed between the time the officer was struck and his arrival time at MedStar Washington Hospital.According to police, the suspect fled the scene, leaving the vehicle behind.The officer was conscious and breathing upon transport to an area hospital.
All sides sign off on e-portal agreement All sides sign off on e-portal agreement Senior EditorFlorida’s courts are about to get a common “electronic” door for those seeking access as the court system and the state’s court clerks have reached agreement over an electronic portal as part of an electronic filing system.“A statewide electronic access point will significantly enhance our ability to serve the legal community and the people of Florida,” said Chief Justice Charles Canady, adding while there are sure to be more challenges moving forward, “I am confident we will continue to make progress.”“After long and arduous, but constructive, negotiations, we’ve come to a final agreement,” said State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner. “We are moving ahead.”“This is one of those milestones that is going to change the court system profoundly,” said Supreme Court Clerk Tom Hall, who is on the board that will oversee the portal’s operation. Retired 11th Circuit Judge Judith Kreeger, chair of the Florida Courts Technology Commission, which oversees court technology-related issues, said the portal agreement is an important step but much more work remains to be done.“The portal is simply the entry point for electronic filing. It’s like the door to the courthouse, but the process of what happens to that data and what happens to that case as the judicial branch transitions into conducting its business electronically, there is a lot of detail that has to be worked out,” she said.The agreement creates the Florida E-Filing Authority Board, composed of eight county clerks of court and Hall, which will oversee the portal’s operation by the Florida Association of Court Clerks. The board was scheduled to hold its first meeting on September 22, after this News went to press.The portal — an Internet site that will be connected to all of the state’s courts — is expected to begin widespread operation in counties where e-filing has been authorized, around January 1 if other issues are worked out.“The portal is a website that will facilitate one-stop shopping for e-filing,” said Melvin Cox, director of information technology for the FACC and who is overseeing the portal’s setup. “A lawyer will have to go to only one place to file anywhere in the state. It’s a single doorway into all of these court systems.”“There are some implementation issues that we will need to work through with the appellate courts,” Goodner said. “The portal was originally designed for use by the trial courts, so there is a whole appellate piece. . . that has to be put in place.”“We’re actually going through a series of meetings right now where they are adding on a section that will accommodate all of the appellate court filings,” Hall said. “There’s a series of meetings between court personnel and FACC, and attorneys are getting input. We’re pretty far along in that process.”Hall will serve as vice chair of the Florida E-Filing Advisory Board. Other members are Columbia County Clerk P. Dewitt Cason, who will be chair, Bay County Clerk Bill Kinsaul, Leon County Clerk Bob Inzer, Clay County Clerk James B. Jett, Hernando County Clerk Karen Nicolai, Orange County Clerk Lydia Gardner, Sarasota County Clerk Karen Rushing, and Palm Beach County Clerk Sharon Bock.“As we move farther into the acceptance of the electronic way of doing business, coupled with our state’s tough economy, it is more important than ever to look toward electronic solutions to our ways of doing business,” said Cason, the board chair. “The Florida E-Filing Portal will allow those who use and work in the court system to become more efficient and accurate in their filing and processing of the many, many filings that are delivered and received every day.”The portal board will operate under an interlocal agreement signed by the court system and the clerks which details the governance of the portal. The FACC will provide staffing support for the portal board.The agreement culminates a long process over creating the portal. The court system had originally moved toward creating its own portal for the electronic filing system when clerks said their system for electronic filing of records could — and was planned to — be used for e-filing. After negotiations, it was agreed the clerks and the court system would work together to use the clerks’ system, but the details still took months to hammer out in the interlocal agreement.The portal will be the center of the court system’s move not only to electronic filing but to electronic access to court records. The Legislature in 2009 mandated that the clerks and courts begin moving to electronic filing as a way to increase efficiency and save money in court operations. Earlier this year, lawmakers specified that in the current 2010-11 budget year, electronic filing must be implemented in five of the trial courts’ 10 divisions. Plans are to implement electronic filing in circuit civil, county civil, probate, family law, and juvenile dependency divisions this year.Kreeger noted that electronic filing is only the start of the process for the courts. The filing needs to capture critical “data elements” for each kind of case so that court staff and judges can efficiently move and track cases. The FCTC’s Trial Court Performance and Accountability Committee is tackling that job.“It’s basically the task recommending what the courts and judges really need from technology,” Kreeger said. “Then the task of the FCTC will be to take that report and, from the technology side, recommend this is how it should be done. What do judges need and how should it be done and delivered to them by technology?”Bar Board of Governors member Murray Silverstein, who serves on the FCTC and spearheads technology matters for the board, praised the progress and noted it comes as procedural rules committees are also acting to bring the rules into the electronic era.“The coalescing of all aspects of the electronic court system seems to be taking shape from the procedural rule committees to the new working relationship between the court and the clerks’ association to the eventual functioning of a statewide portal,” Silverstein said. “We are all greatly encouraged by this progress.”As designed by the FACC, the portal will help lawyers manage as well as file papers with the courts.First, lawyers will be required to register, a process that takes a couple of minutes and requires them to provide both their Bar number and an e-mail address. Once the registration is accepted by the e-filing system, lawyers can proceed with filing.The FACC’s Cox said that is basically a two-step process. The lawyer goes online and makes the filing, which is automatically verified as submitted when correctly done, and then the clerk reviews the submission and accepts it into the court system.The portal has a variety of pull-down menus to assist the lawyer in filing and easily allows attachment of documents. It also allows online payment of filing fees and other charges, either via credit card or bank accounts.Once the filing lawyer is finished and hits the button, the screen shows a verification — assuming everything has been filled out correctly — that the filing has been submitted, and a verifying e-mail also is automatically sent. When the filing is accepted by the clerk (the most common expected error is that documents are filed in the wrong county), the online page shows the acceptance and another verifying e-mail is sent.Any lawyer registered in the system will be able to pull up a page on the portal that shows all of his or her active filings and the status, a quick way to check on various cases.Law firms will also be able to create a special section where all firm lawyers with access to the system will be listed, and where a firm administrator can add or remove names as lawyers join or leave the firm.There are some nods to tradition in small things with the portal. For example, the main page shows a picture of the Florida Supreme Court. But when a user indicates he or she wants to make a filing in a particular county, the picture is replaced with one of that county courthouse.Maybe that’s a good reminder that the new “electronic” door does indeed go everywhere. October 1, 2010 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News
Gambia Supreme Court judge declines to rule on president’s election petition The election petition regarding Cameroon’s presidential elections, held on October 7, started on Tuesday, with the Constitutional Council expected to adjudicate on 18 petitions that require the election to be either totally or partially annulled.At least 100 members of the security forces surrounded the premises. Inside, all 11 members of the council, as well as some aggrieved candidates, their lawyers and supporters of various political parties, took up positions in the court room.Those bringing petitions include Joshua Osih of the Social Democratic Front and Cabral Libii of the Univers party. They say the elections were mired in fraud and should be completely annulled.Even Maurice Kamto, who had earlier proclaimed himself victor in the election, was in court to call for the cancellation of the vote in seven of Cameroon’s 10 administrative regions.He says there were far too many irregularities.The Constitutional Council has at most six days to decide on the petitions, and at the same time go through the final tallies of the election made available to it by the electoral commission on Monday.It has to declare the result by 22 October at the latest.Related Petition filed at Kenya’s Supreme Court challenging election result Cameroon still awaiting presidential election results
Sharing is caring! Tweet 56 Views no discussions LocalNews GEF7 Project directed at Sustainable Use of Forests by: – October 4, 2019 Share Share Share Photo credit: Discover Dominica AuthorityThe sustainable management of the island’s forest resource is under discussion.Several stakeholders met today to begin a workshop designed to improve the potential of Dominica’s forestry to the local economy.The agenda includes discussion on the impact of natural disaster and the climate change on livelihoods and forest-based tourism among other topics.The stakeholders include the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of the World Bank funded Emergency Agricultural Livelihoods and Climate Resilience Project in collaboration with the Forestry, Wildlife and National Parks Division. They aimed to finalize the components of the Global Environment Facility 7 (GEF7) project.Juliana Foster-Daniels is Monitoring and Evaluating Officer and Deputy Manager of GEF7.She highlighted that the project has as its goal not just the well-being of the forest but its benefits to human life and development.“Forest, wildlife and parks management are essential for economic development in Dominica. Forestry also contributes to preservation, conservation and management of natural resources. There are also initiatives for biodiversity, ecotourism, environmental services for provision of water and erosion control.”She adds that the aim is to “support national economic development goals as well as the World Bank’s commitment to poverty reduction in all its forms ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition as well as combating climate change and its impact on sustainable agriculture.”Environmental Economist Consultant with the World Bank, Juan Jose Miranda, says the World Bank aims to participate in finding solutions to the limitations facing foresting.The objectives are to discuss the potentials of Dominica’s forest contribution to national development; to enable the evaluation of issues affecting forest related economic activities and; to identify opportunities, including viable investment opportunities and approaches to improve the contribution of forestry to the national economy.