MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Probate and Juvenile Court just received a grant that will greatly improve their technology.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French is traveling to several area courts and her first stop was Knox County on Tuesday, where she presented an $88,369.10 check to the courts and Judge Jay Nixon.
“This is all part of a five-year initiative started by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to really give upgrades in our technology around the courts of Ohio,” French said about the grants. “(There is a) vicious cycle that happens where you want to be more efficient, but you don’t have the money to be any more efficient and that makes you less efficient. This is to really help break that cycle.”
The Ohio Supreme Court has awarded a total of $2.9 million in 2019 in technology grants to more than two dozen counties, which covered 47 projects.
In the past five years, the Supreme Court has given out more than $14 million throughout the state that has gone to projects that included case management, upgrades, public online access to records, systems to file and pay fees, hardware upgrades and security equipment, among other things.
According to Nixon, the money will go to improving several facets of the two Knox County courts.
“Its about transparency and accessibility for the public and the attorneys,” Nixon said. “You’ll be able to look up non-confidential probate cases just like you would in Municipal Court and the general division of the Common Pleas Court. And at some point, you will be able to file (cases) through that system.”
According to Nixon, the construction of the site will start within the next several months, and after training sessions in October, it should be ready to launch at the end of 2019.