Video arraignments cheaper, more convenient

Monday, February 21 2011

Video conferencing is starting to be widely used in many different business and health sectors, but who knew that the technology would make court arraignments more convenient?

The News Herald reports that many cities in Ohio are starting to implement web conferencing in an effort to cut costs. The systems also help prevent suspects who are in custody from potentially escaping during the trip from their confinement to their appearance in court.

Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael A. Cicconetti told the news agency that "on a typical Monday, you might have 15 to 18 people in court," which would "constitute 9 or 10 trips by at least eight officers." This can be alleviated by a simple video conferencing session straight from the suspect's jail cell. The suspect's defense attorney can also either join them or be in court during the hearing.

The system will make it easier for courts to arraign alleged criminals with less danger to officers and civilians.

Video conferencing is starting to be widely used in many different business and health sectors, but who knew that the technology would make court arraignments more convenient?

The News Herald reports that many cities in Ohio are starting to implement web conferencing in an effort to cut costs. The systems also help prevent suspects who are in custody from potentially escaping during the trip from their confinement to their appearance in court.

Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael A. Cicconetti told the news agency that "on a typical Monday, you might have 15 to 18 people in court," which would "constitute 9 or 10 trips by at least eight officers." This can be alleviated by a simple video conferencing session straight from the suspect's jail cell. The suspect's defense attorney can also either join them or be in court during the hearing.

The system will make it easier for courts to arraign alleged criminals with less danger to officers and civilians.