GOSHEN - A prosecutor from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office’s conducted a webinar last week to demonstrate how the office has used computer technology to streamline procedures and help meet deadlines for turning over evidence to the defense, Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler announced Monday.
Assistant District Attorney Ryan Greenbaum, chief of the newly created Early Case Assessment Bureau, led the April 23 webinar sponsored by the non-profit New York Prosecutors Training Institute. Hoovler said Greenbaum’s presentation included procedures and computer tools the office has put in place to streamline the drafting of criminal complaints and to handle evidentiary disclosure requirements. The system was developed to deal with criminal justice reforms enacted in 2019 and effective as of Jan 1, which requires prosecutors to turn over reports, recordings, photos and other evidence under expedited timelines.
Hoovler said the NYPTI “referred to the automated complaint drafting system that they and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office developed and refined as a ‘Game Changer’” and a model for other offices.
“The new laws made it necessary for us and our law enforcement partners to find a way to work faster and more efficiently,” Hoovler said in a statement. “I am grateful for the close working relationship that we have with our law enforcement agencies. I am proud that the system we have implemented in Orange County is being put forward as a model of cooperation and innovation.”
The NYPTI was created by the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York to provide training, advice and continuing legal education to the state’s prosecutors.