The California court system, the nation’s largest, has more than 2,000 judicial officers, 22,000 court employees and an average of 9 million cases filed per year. The majority of cases in the California courts begin in one of the 58 superior courts, which reside in each of the state’s 58 counties. As an integral part of this system, the San Francisco Superior Court has trial jurisdiction over all criminal cases (e.g. felonies, misdemeanors), civil cases (e.g. family law, probate, and juvenile) and traffic matters within the City and County of San Francisco.
Each of the legal matters that the Court handles typically generates large amounts of paper. Although new filings are converted from paper to digital and stored within a document management system, the Court continued to house an enormous microfilm and fiche archive of older cases. Aware of how inefficient this archive was, the Court evaluated several potential solutions. In the end, BMI Imaging Systems was selected for its 100% conversion accuracy, image quality and ease of use.