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Grant funding available for state court reforms

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State trial courts have until June 15 to apply for grants that would allow them to reform or improve their local judicial systems.

The Indiana Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration has posted an announcement online about funding available to local courts, which would specifically be designed to help improve governance and efficiency efforts at a district or county level, or create innovative programs and technologies at either level.

As much as $30,000 is available per recipient for initial studies and technology upgrades, while up to $40,000 per recipient is available for implementation grants, according to a court news release. Funding is available for approximately five studies per year.

Some of the measures that counties can take advantage of include: utilizing the performance measure program known as CourTools, which was developed by the National Center for State Courts and is utilized by various trial and appellate courts throughout the country; or infrastructure upgrades for the statewide case management system known as Odyssey, which is being put into place throughout Indiana. Counties would also be able to use money to help transfer court record responsibilities from the clerks' offices, as required by a recent law change; modern jury management systems or modern court reporting technology.

Applications are available online at the state court’s website at http://www.in.gov/judiciary/admin/reform, and applicants can contact Division of State Court Administration executive director Lilia G. Judson at (317) 233-6586.
 

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