by Nicole Reitz
The Town of Schroeppel Justice Court has received a Justice Court Assistance Program grant for the 2012-2013 grant cycle.
The court put together a proposal and sent it into the coordinator of the JCAP program. Schroeppel was chosen in January as one of 432 New York courts who were granted the award.
Grant money was received at the end of March. The funds will be utilized to renovate and enhance the physical layout of the court, which is outdated and has some safety issues.
The grant will allow the court to purchase materials to install a jury box, witness seating and other upgrades to its interior.
In addition to these improvements, courtroom security equipment and furniture and new and up-to-date computer software will be installed.
These enhancements will increase the efficiency of operation for the court.
Court is held once a week on Wednesday evenings and the courtroom itself is used for arraignments.
The changes to the courtroom will also create a more comfortable environment.
After the work is done, there will be more space between the defendants and the bench and a secure podium.
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