Facilities, Sustainability, Technology

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JMI provides education and training, and technical assistance in facilities, sustainability, and technology. Planning for renovated, expanded, and new facilities demands attention to sustainability and technology. In the face of decreasing revenues, funders are seeking out innovative ways to cope with population and caseload growth, in addition to reductions in facility needs.

Emerging Topics and Trends

  • Technology Driver. Technology is increasingly driving facilities planning in the following ways:  productivity continues to increase due to technology, offsetting increases in resources needed to cope with caseload growth; and access to system-wide data is enabling state and local government to understand and improve business processes in order to mitigate space demands. A good example of this is the link between jail population and pretrial decision-making. 
  • Sustainability. Most state and local jurisdictions and all federal facilities must comply with increasingly stringent environmental and energy standards. In addition, funders clearly understand the link between environmental standards and long term sustainability. It has an impact on the bottom line, in addition to adding to employee and public satisfaction in public facilities.

Project Highlights

JMI provides technical assistance to courts and justice systems to project facility needs based on caseload and other external factors; to mitigate facility growth through changes in business processes; and to plan for sustainable growth, leveraging technology and innovation.

Facilities, Sustainability and Technology, Michigan State University (MSU) Master of Judicial Administration

JMI staff are instructors for a graduate course in facilities, sustainability, and technology now offered at the new Master of Judicial Administration program at Michigan State University. The course focuses on planning for new court facilities and the imperative to design for sustainability and the technology embedded in new facilities. Tim Dibble, JMI Vice President and adjunct professor at MSU, is the instructor for this course. The first offering of the course is June 30 to August 15, 2014, during an accelerated summer semester. It will be offered again in 2015. MSU Master’s Degree in Judicial Administration.

19th Judicial District Court, Baton Rouge, LA

Tim Dibble, Vice President of JMI, provided information technology infrastructure planning and specifications for a new 300,000 s.f. courthouse, including network infrastructure, wireless and cellular networks, integration into municipal and wide area networks, NCIC network integration, digital telephony, data, surveillance, security and access control, and courtroom technologies.

Justice Center Technology Needs Assessment, Gwinnett County, GA

Tim Dibble, Vice President of JMI, provided a feasibility study and plan for a new 14-story justice center. The project included conducting a information technology planning study, including integration of court and county technology platforms, security and network infrastructure, enterprise resource planning, and long-range forecasting. Report CD is available upon request.


Dibble, T.  Achieving and Sustaining the Green Court, 2009 Mini Guide. National Association for Court Management, 2009.

Dibble, T., & Cousins, F.  “Modern Courthouses and the New Green.” Court Manager, 22(4), 30-41, 2012.

U.S. Courts Design Guide. Judicial Conference of the United States, 2007.

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