What I will try to describe this afternoon is the confluence of these two developments: the increased interest in courts, particularly the high-profile case, and the development and spread of sophisticated technology. As a social and public institution, the courts are obligated to address public demands not only by providing a forum for the administration of justice, but also by providing the means by which interested members of the public can observe court proceedings and gain access to public documents. I will describe some of the things courts are doing to respond to these demands. Next, I will try to describe how advances in technology and science are changing the way courts go about their business of seeking the truth and administering justice. These changes affect all cases-both high profile and routine. But they are most evident to the public in the highly publicized case. Even though technological innovations have assisted courts in many ways, they have also created new problems and legal issues, particularly in the area of individual privacy. I will make an effort to show by way of specific examples how these privacy issues arise and how courts might address them.

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