• CS#1: Team Tiger - “eBenchCard” - Defendant’s hope for justice
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• Headline: “eBenchCard” - Defendant’s hope for justice - is an electronic app (both Web and mobile) which will allow defendants to present their inability to pay legal financial obligations (LFO) to a judicial officer and get alternative options to their LFO.
• Brief idea:
According to the Task Force on Fair Justice for All, there are approximately 10 Million people who owe $50 billion in legal fines and obligations in the country. A significant number of them are behind bars and incarcerated because they did not have the ability to pay their dues and have defaulted on their legal financial obligation. This has caused a lot of issues around procedural fairness across the country. This tool is geared at alleviating this issue for the citizens as well as providing a tool for the judges on the bench to determine the ability to pay in a much more efficient and faster manner.
MS PowerApps android platform, MS Flow, Azure Cloud Storage Blob, Visual Studio 2017, C#, MS Email Exchange, ASP.Net Web API, Sharepoint Online SDK, Nutansoft JASON, Swagger, ASP.NET libraries
Vijay Deep – Software Developer
Akbar Farook – SME, UI Developer, Partner, Global Justice Solutions
• Link to Source Code: https://gjsus.sharepoint.com/CourtHackathon/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?docid=126dc4e4b12e34682b24470d598870789&authkey=AcyBVPKjT4Ia_0ETthtjA4I
• The full story:
As it is getting hard for the defendants to go to courts and explain their case, this tool helps them to tell their story to the judge in a much more comfortable environment. The tool allows the defendants to enter their information including financial obligations and request a reduction of fines and fees or request alternative sanctions to incaeration (e.g. treatment programs, community service, GED, driver’s license, etc.).
This also allows the judge to review the information on the bench and quickly determine their ability to pay thereby providing procedural fairness.
The app uses an algorithm to determine if a defendant is unable to pay using a weighted average method applied to the criteria presented (e.g. if the defendant is 125% below the FPG) and provides a quick synopsis to the judge on their dashboard if the defendant is eligible for consideration.