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Clayton courthouse goes high-tech

Clayton County Courthouse officials have installed 19 computer monitors displaying the daily court docket for each judge, eliminating the need for paper calendars.

Court Administrator Matt Sorensen said most metro-Atlanta courthouses already have similar systems.

"The digital dockets are based on notices generated in the county's computer system," he said. "Plus, the digital dockets are expandable, we can add or take away monitors and put messages on it, if we need to."

The monitors resemble those posted throughout an airport, announcing arrivals and departures. But the good news is the dockets are not on Clayton County's dime, said State Court Solicitor General Tasha Mosley.

"Not one penny came from the taxpayers," she said. "They are funded by the State Court Technology Fund and a federal grant. The Technology Fund is dedicated to the technological enhancements of the court."

The fund consists of fees paid for civil filings, and fines from criminal court cases.

About 8,000 people go to the Clayton Courthouse every week, some of whom are making court appearances. Most check in with the lobby's information desk to find out which courtroom to go to, but others head straight for a clerk's office.

"This will make our lives so much easier," said Mosley. "We'll be able to move lines along a lot faster."

Magistrate Court hearings are held on the second floor, State Court cases are heard on the third floor and Superior Court cases are heard in four, fourth-floor courtrooms.

Monitors outside each courtroom will display calendars unique to each judge.

"So many people just don't know where to go," said Mosley. "They end up on the wrong floor. This tells them the courtroom number where they need to be and the full docket for each floor. And the monitors refresh themselves for each new round of hearings."

Mosley said the monitors are designed to improve the flow of traffic throughout the courthouse, reduce the time it takes to create court dockets and eliminate the use of paper used to produce and post court dockets.

"We hope to be tech-savvy before it's all over," she said. "Most of the metro counties already have this system."

Comments

OscarKnight 2 years, 6 months ago

...The bottom line : Other than the man hours saved and the paper saved, how much MONEY will this save the Tax Payers in Clayton County ?

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Robert 2 years, 6 months ago

It is a small step but it is a step forward and every dollar counts. There is no 1 big quick fix to the problems in Clayton County but there are a lot of these little steps that can be taken to, at the very least, show us that they are trying. Another little step would be to clean house, start over and elect competent leadership in every election.

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