Since 1999, our EWI (Electronic Warrant Interchange) system has been the leader in remote warrant management allowing law enforcement and courts to collaborate on all warrant documents remotely via video conference. EWI is a highly streamlined process that significantly reduces clerical work for judges and allows departments to manage the entire warrant progression from start to finish remotely with full collaboration.
Most states have enacted laws that authorize officers to search electronic storage media and copy seized materials with search warrants. Some have also imposed additional post-search procedures. These include requirements that officers return a copy of the warrant to the judge and a list of what was seized.
The bill would allow service providers to disclose the contents of an electronic communication if a magistrate or judge issued a valid search warrant based on probable cause that a crime was committed and that evidence will be found in the communications. The bill provides that the governmental entity must give the subscriber notice of the search warrant and the disclosure unless the court finds that giving notice is not reasonable because of specific circumstances.
Several states have already adopted this technology including Colorado, Massachusetts, and Utah. In Colorado’s system, an officer fills out a form on a computer that has tiny cameras in it at the police station and at the courthouse. Then the officer and judge review the form together on a videoconference. Then the judge signs the warrant using a signature pad attached to the computer. The officer then prints the warrant on a portable printer in their vehicle. electronic warrants