Wayne County Circuit Court has been awarded a technology grant in the amount of $69,033.15 from the Technology Modernization Funding Program offered by the Illinois Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. Wayne County Resident Judge Michael J. Molt and Circuit Clerk Pam Southerd sought the funding made available to county courts throughout Illinois by securing bids for technology upgrades and drafting the grant proposal that was approved in its entirety. Video and audio upgrades to improve remote proceedings and fiber optic wiring are just some of the many enhancements to the courtroom. The Circuit Clerk’s office will also benefit from a mobile app that will allow individuals to electronically pay fines and appear remotely for court appearances.
Second Circuit Chief Judge, Melissa Morgan stated, “The Second Circuit greatly appreciates the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts and the Illinois Supreme Court for this opportunity to upgrade our court systems. The enhancements to the Wayne County Circuit Court will provide increased access and streamline the administration of justice for those seeking court services. With the changing times, it is vital to stay abreast of new technology, especially advances that allow individuals to have access to services without having to personally appear in the courthouse. Judge Molt and Circuit Clerk Southerd have been instrumental in securing these funds that will serve that purpose and it has been my pleasure to assist them in this process.”