Wilson reports concerns

By The Mercury

Administrative District Judge Meryl Wilson briefed county commissioners Monday on concerns within the Riley County court system,.

Wilson said several issues need to be considered. The first is a Polycom system, a video conferencing service the court would use for initial court appearances. Wilson said the court had a trial run already.

“We used it two weeks ago and it worked fine,” Wilson said.

He said it would be particularly useful in mental illness cases, as facilities such as Osawatomie State Hospital and Rainbow Mental Health Facility are already equipped with the service. Wilson noted that the court saw more than 50 mental illness cases last year. He said it would likely reduce transportation costs for the Riley County Police Department significantly.

“I think before the year is out we’ll be doing that,” Wilson said.

Wilson also noted the court would probably be moving to a paperless system like other counties in the state such as Douglas and Shawnee.

“I’m going to guess (that) as much paper comes across my desk in a given day, paper cost is a significant item,” Wilson said.

He told commissioners the court will need to look into increased security for the courthouse as well.

“We’ve had some issues in the last four or five months,” Wilson said.

The final issue was Internet access.

“We’re the largest county in the state that doesn’t have WiFi available,” Wilson said.

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