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Atlanta and Code for America website improves court operations

Atlanta’s new ATLCourt website allows residents to look up their court cases, get text reminders and find answers to frequently asked questions about municipal court operations. The website is one of several applications being developed as part of the yearlong Code for America Fellowship.

The court website is hosted on GitHub and uses Jekyll, which provides an easy and secure site for city employees to update and create content.  Users can also sign up for text notifications on the website using Text App. The texting system,  one of the first for a court system in the United States, allows users to text their citation number and to receive details about their case.

For the last three months, the Atlanta Code for America Fellows have worked with government officials and the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery and FOR Atlanta teams to develop the website.

“Atlanta’s strategy for delivering services and increasing efficiency brings together innovation and performance management,” said Atlanta’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer Kristin Wilson. “Through this important Code for America project, we hope to have laid the groundwork that allows for greater civic participation and more effective service delivery.”

Earlier this year, Atlanta was selected as one of eight cities to become a 2014 Code for America city. Founded in 2009, Code for America is a national nonprofit that partners with local governments and citizens to foster civic innovation. 

Posted by GCN Staff on May 09, 2014 at 9:21 AM


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