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Video Conferencing could save Dougherty Co. money in court

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Dougherty County won't have to pay travel expenses to bring witnesses to testify at trial, thanks to stimulus money.

After getting three bids for a Telejustice Video Conferencing system, commissioners are ready to consider a contract from SKC. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for more than $376,724 will pay for the system and allow the county to hire another worker in the District Attorney's Office, saving money in the long run.

"It will allow witnesses that are needed in court to be video conferenced in as opposed to paying for travel for them to be physically in court, which will reduce our expense," said Michael McCoy Assistant Dougherty County Administrators.

The county typically spends up to $10,000 a year on travel and hotel expenses to bring in witnesses. Commissioners must approve the measure at their next meeting October fourth.

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