Barry County’s District and Probate courtrooms and two hearing rooms will get upgrades to its recording software and the Circuit Courtroom will get both new recording and audio equipment.
If commissioners approve the committee of the whole’s Tuesday recommendation at next week’s meeting, the equipment could be delivered the fourth week of July, and be in installed in a day or two, IT/GIS Coordinator David Shinavier said. Personnel training will take three to five days and will not disrupt court proceedings.
Business Information Systems, Inc. will provide the equipment, installation and training for $37,570.47 not including sales taxes. Shinavier asked for $40,000 to come from the Data Processing Fund.
Circuit Court Judge Amy McDowell and County Court Administrator Ines Straube told commissioners of failing equipment in all three courtrooms, crashes or delays in systems, causing delays in court trials, and the frustration of the struggling with constant problems.
McDowell said the courts are using up a good deal of the IT department’s time, with System and Network Administrator Aaron Staines being asked to remain in the circuit courtroom during a two week trial because of the frequency of the problems and the interrupting of the trial for him to fix problems.
“Aaron practically lives in the courtroom…that’s why I spoke to David…this has to be addressed,” McDowell said.
The problem seemed to be getting worse since the courtroom was recently remodeled, she said. Shinavier said equipment being moved for the first time in years in the remodel likely contributed to the problem of already failing equipment.
Staines explained how several problems would be corrected with the new equipment and noted that almost everybody in the state uses BIS, Inc. systems.