iPads may be coming to court… for the judges

By Maura Wery

The Riley County courts are changing, not in buildings or law, but in technology.

County attorney Barry Wilkerson said Thursday that district judges are pushing for the use of iPads in their courtrooms, especially to expedite warrants.

“At this point, if a police officer needs a warrant at two in the morning they have to drive to the judge’s home,” Wilkerson said. “Using the iPad would make it faster and they could review and process it out of the (police) office.”

Wilkerson said the courts are willing to fund the new technology, which will cost around $80 a month. The question then turns to keeping the network safe.  Wilkerson said because of the sensitive nature of the information, hackers are a top concern.

“We don’t just want anyone accessing those files,” Wilkerson said.

The timeframe for solving that problem is ongoing. Wilkerson said once the security issues are ironed out that they will be closer to getting iPads in the courts.

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