District Court website redesign provides easier use

January 3, 2014
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I spend a lot of time online for my job looking at court and government websites, so I appreciate when those sites are easy to use. The Southern District of Indiana’s website has become one of those sites.

For as long as I’ve been with Indiana Lawyer, the Southern District of Indiana’s website has looked the same. And I imagine it looked the same since the late 1990s, when it was likely designed. (Perhaps it was updated at some point, but it still had that 1997 Geocities-vibe to it. Anyone else remember Yahoo’s Geocities? But I digress …)

http://www.insd.uscourts.gov/ has a modern, cleaner look to it. You can easily see the court locations and contact information, and the navigation bar at the top is much more navigable than the early incarnation of the site. Court opinions are front and center now as opposed to located behind several clicks.

Just as with the state courts’ redesigns last year of the Roll of Attorneys and the appellate court docket pages, I appreciate the look and functionality of the new District Court site. If only the Indiana General Assembly’s redesigned website would function as it should, but that’s a blog for another day.
 

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