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Gallatin County circuit court awarded $57,000 for technology upgrades

  • Gallatin County Resident Judge Thomas Foster and Circuit Clerk Brittney Capeheart.

    Gallatin County Resident Judge Thomas Foster and Circuit Clerk Brittney Capeheart.
    Courtesy of DeeDee O'Bright

 
Submitted by Dee Dee O’Bright, Second Judicial Circuit
updated: 8/1/2022 5:39 PM

Gallatin County Circuit Court has been awarded a $57,842.90 technology grant from the Technology Modernization Funding Program offered by the Illinois Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.

Gallatin County Resident Judge Thomas Foster and Circuit Clerk Brittney Capeheart sought the funding by first getting bids for equipment upgrades and drafting the grant proposal.

The award will fund various technology upgrades, including a new projector, computers and monitors to improve the ability to view and understand evidence presented in the courtroom.

The grant also will allow for installation of new wiring to enhance and sustain internet connections, as well as new audio equipment in the courtroom, such as speakers and microphones. The circuit clerk's office will benefit from a new server, software updates and computer equipment.

"Judge Thomas Foster and Circuit Clerk Capeheart recognized the need to update the equipment and technology they depend on daily to deliver court services," said Second Circuit Chief Judge Melissa Morgan. "By seeking this funding and securing this award, they now have the means to make these upgrades without passing on these costs to the people of Gallatin County.

"It is vital to stay abreast of new technology, especially advancements that improve the delivery of court services and aid in the administration of justice. I am grateful to the Supreme Court and the Administrative Office for recognizing the needs of our courts here in the Second Circuit."