The AOC has released an in-house produced “news piece” in which they sing the praises of CCMS. The piece was produced by the AOC and distributed under their California Court News banner.
The piece begins with a shot of judicial council members, including King Mister Justice George, visiting a location in Santa Ana to learn more about CCMS and how it will supposedly change how things are done in California courts.
Paul Robinson of Deloitte Consulting, the consulting firm appointed by the AOC to develop CCMS, is shown in the piece saying, “The impact will be absolutely phenomenal and I think you’ll get a sense of that today.” Mmm…phenomenal…yeah. Like what else is a rep from a consulting firm going to say? And for almost $1.5 billion of Californians’ hard earned dollars it better damn well be phenomenal.
Here are a couple of things you’re going to learn about CCMS after watching the video. One, “there are 222 people from 29 courts actively involved in building the system alongside 130 administrative office of the courts employees and 160 justice partners.” And two, “The design blueprint for the software is now 18,000 pages long.” That’s right. 18,000 pages long. Yikes. I’d hate to see how many pages the user manual will be.
The narrator also goes on to claim that, “Our state is so massive and our court needs so complex there is simply no suitable software off the shelf.” And to reiterate her point they show Orange County CEO Alan Carlson stating, “It’s just not there yet. The vendors are not willing to put in the kind of money you have to put in to develop this kind of system.” Well, the vendors may not have the money but fear not because the citizens of California will pay for it. Oh, have I mentioned current CCMS costs are now at $1.5 billion?
This bit of video propaganda appears to have been developed by the AOC after the grilling they got last October when they appeared before a legislative committee. I mean I highly doubt the JC delegation to Santa Ana had even planned on visiting before the legislative hearing. CCMS and its costs were one of the primary areas the committee had questions about and it’s more than obvious that somebody took the committee’s questions, developed their answers and tailored their video piece to answer those questions. I think anyone who has real questions about CCMS are not going to find unbiased answers considering this video was produced by the AOC and disseminated on its own website means it isn’t unbiased. It’s just a piece of fluffery where the AOC is defending its turf by developing a piece of PR to promote a software program that has been years in the making and has cost billions of dollars.
Thank you very much AOC and the JC for your slickly produced piece of fluff, but I’ll wait for an outside source to do a piece on CCMS that will give us a more rounded and unbiased look on your $1.5 billion dollar software program. Oh, have I mentioned the cost already? Silly me.