Professor J. Clark Kelso of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law wrote an op-ed piece published in the Sacramento Bee in which he not only argues in favor of CCMS but also defends how the AOC has implementing it. Although there’s been plenty ink spilled detailing what a boondoggle CCMS is so far, Professor Kelso is not moved by any arguments against CCMS.
Professor Kelso is especially negative about any idea of having the state’s chief information technology officer taking over control of the CCMS project as some have suggested.
Second, some have suggested the courts’ development efforts should be taken over by the state’s chief information officer. Bad idea. The truth is that the courts have avoided the mistakes made in the executive branch and have been doing information technology better than the executive branch. For example, they successfully deployed a statewide accounting function for all 58 trial courts and a statewide appellate court case management system.
Hmmm…was this the accounting function that led to the financial frackup in San Mateo Superior court? I’m just saying.
Professor Kelso also claims that any assertion that CCMS will cost billions is an exaggeration.
First, critics assert costs may exceed $2 billion and that the magnitude of those costs is reason enough to shut down the project. However, the $2 billion figure is grossly inflated. Instead, the courts may ultimately invest closer to what has been invested in other large California automation systems, such as the child support system. The costs of the system are not off the charts or out of proportion to comparable projects.
He not only denies that it will cost that much but he says that whatever the final cost is, it won’t be out of line with what has been spent on other similar systems. Nice. We don’t know how much it’ll cost, but it’ll cost something between $1 and $2 billion and it’ll be the same as what we’ve spent before on similar projects….however much those other projects cost. Oh, yes. I’m oh so convinced now.