According to the Quad City Times, the courtrooms in the Scott County Courthouse will be renovated soon, including new carpet, asbestos removal (how much asbestos is still out there?) and technological updates.
I’m very glad to hear that. Some of the small courtrooms are just plain awful. The bigger courtrooms need to be brought into the 21st century. Modern trials are multimedia affairs – typically lawyers use laptops, projectors, DVDs, document cameras and many other things they didn’t use 20 years ago. It’s a pain to use a courtroom that isn’t set up for a projector, or doesn’t have enough power outlets so you have to string an extension cord in the jury’s way.
Rock Island has big flat screen TVs and DVD players in every courtroom. Scott County is stepping it up now, too.
(Howard Zimmerle is a trial lawyer practicing in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. He can be reached at 309-794-1660 or hzimmerle [at] mjwlaw.com).