Technology grants awarded


By Frank Lewis - flewis@civitasmedia.com



Several local court entities are among 70 local court projects to receive part of more than $2.8 million in technology grant funding from the Ohio Supreme Court.

They include Portsmouth Municipal Court and the Domestic Relations Division of the Scioto County Court of Common Pleas.

Ohio courts were encouraged to submit one funding request for up to two separate projects in the competitive program. Courts located within an entity deemed to be in Fiscal Emergency or Fiscal Watch by the Ohio Auditor and those that had not received a technology grant previously were given priority.

“Technology grants increase access to justice to more Ohioans and remove barriers to the efficient and effective administration of justice for local courts,” Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said. “Without this initiative, many much-needed technology improvements in courts around Ohio would not occur.”

For the third annual round of funding, preference was given to projects to upgrade to the court’s existing case management system that affects caseflow; upgrade, replacement, or purchase of other technology systems that affect caseflow or the fundamental duties of the court; upgrade, replacement, or improvement to computer hardware or equipment that supports the case management system or other systems that affect caseflow or the fundamental duties of the court and all other computer hardware and software or equipment, including physical security equipment related projects.

Portsmouth Municipal Court was awarded $139,336 to purchase MergePro software and an application server to integrate with the court’s CMS to provide for a paperless, paper-on-demand filing system.

Portsmouth Municipal Court also received $15,576 to upgrade the court’s website to include e-payment module to improve access to court records.

Scioto County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division was awarded $19,382.04 to upgrade their recording system.

By Frank Lewis

flewis@civitasmedia.com

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.

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