ALAMEDA, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- @Court, a leading provider of Web-based litigation support services for legal professionals, today announced the release of its Connectivity Tool Kit (CTK) for back-office Court Management Systems. The move creates a new market for innovative Web-based applications that can enhance accessibility to America's judicial system while accelerating the courts' compliance with the increasingly mandated Legal XML standard. News of the release comes at a time when legislative mandates requiring electronic filing (eFiling) are creating a marketplace for a new generation of electronic courier applications connecting courts' back-end systems to the public. Legal XML provides a universal standard connecting the courts to service providers in an open market. Implementation of a true Legal XML compliant interface by Court Management Systems (CMS) and Document Management System (DMS) vendors and the courts will fuel rapid growth of the eFiling market. @Court's free, Legal XML compliant, open source CTK makes it even easier and faster for courts to deliver direct, open, electronic access to citizens and members of the judicial community. "A key element missing in eFiling is a universal interface that can connect all the Court's back-end systems to the new wave of Web systems designed to complement them," said John Healy, president and founder of @Court. "In a single package, the CTK puts the courts in the drivers seat of their own development with vendors. Together, these applications and Web interfaces have the power to stimulate a whole new era in the speed of justice and the courts' ability to extend open access to every citizen, 24 hours a day, seven days per week." The CTK includes multiple components for IT managers at the courts to connect their back-office systems to Web-based services, facilitating the court's ability to accept electronic filing (eFiling) documents. The Tool Kit includes configuration files, a secure Web server with third party Java and servlet software, a digital certificate for the web server to enable SSL connectivity and connection tools to facilitate integration with backend CMS and DMS. The CTK, available at www.atcourt.com, also includes full documentation for installation and configuration, sample connectors to back-end CMS/ DMS systems, and set-up instructions for the secure web server and eFiling storage recommendations. For court IT managers, @Court's CTK will spur innovation and allow them to extend their applications to the new generation of Web-enabled infrastructure. "I'm glad to see XML being put to work in this space; we will all benefit from a justice system that is more transparent, efficient, and faster," said Tim Bray, CEO of Antarcti.ca and co-inventor of XML. "LegalXML seems the obvious basis for interoperability, and I'm delighted that @Court is taking a real product to market that's built on these firm foundations." With the release of @Court's CTK, courts and software developers both stand to benefit from new and future services designed to accelerate the wheels of justice. The CTK is open source and free to all users and developers, and provides a solid framework for extending Web-based capabilities such as logging, error handling, and temporary storage. In particular, the CTK includes tools for processing Legal XML, which is poised to become the primary foundation upon which legal professionals and applications share information over the Internet. With the accelerated Legal XML integration possible with the CTK, courts can share tools proven in the marketplace, saving development time and increasing development efficiency. In addition, the CTK will help to create a community of developers who will use and enhance the Tool Kit as public property, increasing competition and propelling the growth of automation and eFiling in the nation's courts. About the @Court Connectivity Tool Kit (CTK) The @Court CTK is available immediately at www.atcourt.com. The kit is available under easy licensing terms for free to any developer, vendor of Court Management/Document Management Services or other professional working in the Integrated Justice marketplace. About @Court @Court is a leading provider of Web-based litigation support services for lawyers and court systems. The company's Legal XML-compliant electronic filing service is currently being tested by a select group of courts nationwide. Available later this year, it will enable lawyers to electronically submit legal documents to courts, saving time and money while increasing accessibility to the judicial system. All transmissions are protected by @Court's enterprise caliber security and encryption system, ensuring confidentiality for all parties. @Court's service is backed by production class infrastructure that retains all documents in a centralized, secure, hosted environment, ensuring reliability, eliminating the need for registered users to add hardware or software. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Alameda, CA, @Court is Privately venture financed. For more information, either visit www.atcourt.com or contact the company at 510-522-4300. CONTACT: Kaye McKinzie of Bairey & Bedford Public Relations, LLC, 415-927-7365, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for @Court; or John Jordan of @Court, 510-522-4300, or email@example.com.