Box 30: What does AVP do?
The AVP system which operates in Basic and Higher Courts:
- allows the entry of all basic case processing information that previously would have been in a manual registry (e.g., filing dates, parties, judges assigned, history of actions, and court fees), streamlining work;
- incorporates all Basic Court functions from initial filings through to archiving;
- reflects the courts’ actual business processes (does not require extensive workarounds for daily operations);
- uses pull-down menus/validation routines whenever possible, enhancing data accuracy;
- allows individuals at the lowest appropriate level to enter data (instead of relying on judges, for example);
- can produce notices, forms, or standardized orders. However, courts do not uniformly use these functions. For example, interviewees indicate that standardized forms are not used due to significant variations in individual judge practice. Also, typists have not been trained in how to use the standardized forms. Instead, many forms are produced in Microsoft Word templates or on typewriters.