Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor
Technology Grant Tour - Athens County
May 9, 2018

(Remarks prepared for delivery on May 9, 2018, at the Athens County Courthouse.)

Good afternoon. Thank you, Judge McCarthy, for that introduction.

Four years ago, the Ohio Supreme Court announced the availability of grant funds to support local court technology projects through the Ohio Courts Technology Initiative.

The funds will be used to address a variety of issues and situations where the lack of sufficient technology is a barrier to the efficient and effective administration of justice.

Any appeals court, common pleas court, including any of its divisions, municipal court, or county court in the state was eligible to apply.

The Supreme Court established the technology initiative to:

Facilitate the exchange of information and warehousing of data by and between Ohio courts and other justice system partners through the Ohio Courts Network.

Deliver technology goods and services to courts.

Operate the Commission on Technology and the Courts.

and aid in the orderly adoption and comprehensive use of technology in Ohio courts.

The Supreme Court awarded more than $2.9 million dollars this year alone and in the four years since we’ve been doing this, we’ve awarded over $10 million.

It’s my pleasure today to present two checks to two courts totaling $140,685.

The money will pay for an e-filing system, high speed scanners, and other computer equipment.

Athens County Judges George McCarthy and Todd Grace should be commended for submitting the grant application and for making a solid case for funding.

I don’t have to tell you that financial constraints at the local level can impede needed upgrades in technology. I’m pleased that the Supreme Court could assist in filling the funding gap.

Congratulations again. Please accept this over-sized checks as symbols of our collaborative effort to improve the administration of justice in Athens County.

And remember, do not cash this.

Thanks and God Bless.