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Dallas County Probate Court Sets Precedent for Courtroom Technology

Dallas County Probate Court Sets Precedent for Courtroom Technology

The Dallas County Probate Courts, located in downtown Dallas, are a statutorily created probate court system headed by elected judges. In general, the court probates the wills of deceased persons, establishes guardianships for incapacitated persons and minors and supervises court-ordered involuntary mental health commitments in Dallas County.


When the COVID pandemic hit, under the Open Courts Provision of the Texas Constitution, Texas courts were required to maintain public access. In order to facilitate court activities, the Office of Court Administration provided judges the ability to stream and host court proceedings via video conferencing platforms. The Dallas County Probate Court was able to utilize these platforms, however they did not have the audio and video setup to foster the in-person interactions that the judge, attorneys, litigants and the public viewers were used to.

"The Windows collaboration display was so easy to use and was everything we didn’t know we needed."

John F. Warren, Dallas County Clerk

 

Organization
Dallas County Probate Courts

Challenges

  • Provide an open court environment to remote attendees
  • No audio-visual technology
  • Limited network bandwidth
  • Needed an easy all-in-one solution, not complex hardware

Solutions

  • Six (6) Windows Collaboration Displays from Sharp

Results

  • Simplified and enhanced overall courtroom proceedings
  • Permitted interactive presentation capabilities in the courtroom
  • Plug and play in any room needed

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