Courts receive Supreme Court Technology Grants

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor (right) presents a check totaling $48,385 to Montgomery County Probate Court Judge Alice O. McCollum as Kettering Municipal Court Presiding Judge Frederick Dressel looks on.

DAYTON — Two courts in Montgomery County will soon have technology upgrades thanks to grants from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Ohio Courts Technology Initiative.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor today delivered the checks totaling nearly $80,000 to Montgomery County Probate Court and Kettering Municipal Court during a presentation in Dayton.

“I am pleased to personally present these checks on behalf of the Supreme Court. It is important that we support local court technology projects to remove any barriers to the efficient and effective administration of justice,” Chief Justice O’Connor said.

The Kettering Municipal Court grant of $31,578.80 will be used to purchase audio and video recording equipment.

“The Kettering Municipal Court is very grateful for the award of grant funds from the Supreme Court to upgrade the audio and video technology systems in our courtrooms,” Presiding Judge Frederick Dressel said. “This grant will increase access to justice for the citizens served by our court by facilitating on-demand language interpretation, expanding video conferencing, and enhancing evidence presentation capability. These enhancements will improve the quality and content of the court’s record with the addition of video and enhanced sound systems, while allowing parties seated throughout the courtrooms to hear and see proceedings more clearly.”

The Montgomery County Probate Court will also use its $48,385 grant to update its audio and video recording equipment.

“The Montgomery County Probate Court is honored to receive the tech grant. This grant will assist us in providing more efficient and accurate case reporting,” Judge Alice O. McCollum said.

The Supreme Court has awarded more than $1.9 million to local courts across Ohio for technology projects such as electronic document filing, case management system software, and electronic kiosks for self-represented litigants.