Chief Justice Roberts explained the court’s approach to technological change in the balance of the report, saying that judges had a special obligation to move more slowly than the rest of society.

Justice Roberts said to expect the changes “as soon as 2016.”

It’s tempting to mock the Supreme Court’s pokiness. After all, paperless technology is now so well-established it’s boring, not cutting edge. But in 2012, I listened to a fascinating talk by Frank Wagner, the retired U.S. Supreme Court Reporter of Decisions. He pointed out a number of real, unsolved problems with putting digital case information online. It will be interesting to see how the Supreme Court has decided to solve them.

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