Sibley County selected for courtroom technology


Sibley County has been selected as one of two counties in the First Judicial District to have a technology upgrade to its courtroom.

Karen Messner, Sibley County Court Administrator, told county commissioners Tuesday that Sibley and Dakota Counties were chosen for the project.

According to Messner, the state will provide financing for more than $90,000 in equipment and maintenance, while Sibley County will be asked to provide financing for electrical work, estimated at $8,000 – $10,000. The work will be done in late 2006 or early 2007.

Equipment that will be provided will be cabling for Internet access, an evidence cart with a projector, and monitors.

Messner said that she had budgeted about $3,000 in the 2007 budget for wiring in the courtroom.

Benefits of the improvements, are provided by Messner, are increased efficiency, clientele satisfaction, processing people through court, the ability to give rights to people at the same time vs. each person coming forward.

From January through October 1, 2006, there were 55 court trials scheduled, 17 contested omnibus hearings scheduled, seven evidentiary hearings scheduled, six implied consent hearings scheduled, and two jury trials.