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Appellate courts improving webcast functions

January 1, 2007
After six years on the air, Indiana's appellate courts are updating their webcast equipment to help attorneys and the public watch arguments online.

When arguments start again later this month, the courts plan to stream arguments with both Windows Media and Real Player - only the latter is currently available. Officials note that a worn-out VHS player with a DVD recorder (used primarily to make copies for attorneys) will have new tilting software.

The court also added a new full-time employee July 13 to work as webcast coordinator, among other educational assistance duties, according to Elizabeth Osborn, assistant to Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard.

According to the Indiana Supreme Court calendar, justices will resume arguments Aug. 23 in Lockett v. Marion County DCS, which involves termination of parental rights. The Court of Appeals will hear arguments a week before on Aug. 14 in Dreaded Inc. v. State Paul Guardian Insurance Company, et al., involving a Marion County liability case on environmental cleanup defense costs prior to receipt of notice of potential liability.

All arguments can be viewed online at http://www.indianacourts.org/apps/webcasts/.
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