JOIN Judicial Intranet
The Judicial Officers Information Network (JOIN) is an online intranet for judicial officers and their support staff.
Through JOIN, judicial officers have quick and easy access to abundant and authoritative legal reference material.
Enter JOIN here
- saves time and effort by providing a single entry point to the most commonly used information
- is published securely
- is readily accessible, allowing access from chambers, courtrooms and home
- is integrated and cross-referenced
- increases access for regional and rural judicial officers
- shortens the learning period for new judicial officers
promotes a consistent approach in sentencing and evidentiary matters, and optimises delivery of judicial decisions.
The JOIN Management Group has representatives from all jurisdictions and comprises a cross section of judicial users. Its members champion and promote JOIN amongst their peers, and listen to comments, complaints and general feedback. The JOIN Management Group meets three times a year and reports to the College Board.
History of JOIN
JOIN grew from prototype to a key judicial resource in just twelve months and is among the College's most significant achievements. It was rolled out to all Victorian judicial officers in stages during 2004, and officially launched in 2005. The Department of Justice provided technical expertise and funding, while College staff and a Judicial Online Working Party contributed their professional knowledge. The College ensured judicial officers embraced JOIN by providing one-on-one training.
The College has reviewed JOIN twice, after the official launch in 2005, and most recently in July 2008. The feedback gathered during the reviews has shaped the evolution of JOIN. JOIN has been progressively enhanced to support more content, such as online videos, and to grant easier access with fewer passwords. The College adds content as it produces more resources, and as more resources are available online.
Future of JOIN
In October 2012 the College upgraded JOIN to provide for a more modern look and feel, improved delivery of Web 2.0 features, and more accurate and robust search capabilities.