The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 3, 2013

Snyder County expands video enabled court facilities

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— MIDDLEBURG — Union-Snyder President Judge Michael H. Sholley unveiled a new hearing room in the Snyder County Courthouse equipped with video conferencing technology.

About $130,000 was spent converting the former law library into the spacious hearing room with a capacity for about 50 people. User fees collected by the probation department, not tax dollars, were used for the renovations, Sholley said.

Until now, all arbitration and masters hearings have been held in Union County, which has two courtrooms.

In addition to allowing those hearings to happen in Snyder County, Sholley said, the room will have video conferencing capability.

This will save the county money by allowing some inmates to remain in jail while appearing in court via video and lessen the trauma on some minor victims who will be able to testify by video remote.

Sholley said he’ll likely hold most dependency hearings in the new room due to the less intimidating environment.