(Gillette, Wyo.) This morning Campbell County Commissioners toured District Courtrooms 1 and 2, which recently underwent a $250,000 remodel. In January the project to update the technology in the two courtrooms was already $30,000 over budget, and required the approval of the board to expand their original $195,000 budget to finish both phases of the construction project at once
which overall saved the county money.
New podiums, desks, and court reporter stations all feature audio and video
upgrades that make it easier for juries, attorneys, and presiding judges to
access evidence related to cases being tried. Acoustic tiles installed at
the back of each room also make it easier for jurors to hear what is going
on around the courtroom. Currently they are working on adding swivel arms
to video monitors at council stations so that they can be viewed by
everyone surrounding the judge's bench.
Campbell County Circuit Court had previously requested $14,000 to replace
furniture in Circuit Court offices and courtrooms, some which are in a
state of disrepair or that have not been updated in 20 years. But with the
county budget taking a priority the first half of the year, the request was
put off until today. Commissioners examined chairs and tables in Circuit
Court to see if repairs were warranted.
Circuit Court administrative staff says they're willing to replace
everything in stages, to deter costs, but they're hoping that everything
ends up matching in the end. Though the jury box in Circuit Court is not
used every day, council tables and chairs are, and have wear and tear that
need to be addressed first.