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Michigan Holds Virtual Court
David F. Viviano is the 109th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in 2013 and elected to complete the remainder of his term in 2014. He is the Supreme Court’s point-person for judicial training and statewide e-filing. Justice Viviano has participated in a number of initiatives to improve the administration of justice.
According to Justice Viviano the expanded use of videoconferencing technology to create “virtual” courtrooms has saved the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) nearly $5 million over the past two years. Because of this technology initiative, prisoners can participate in court hearings without the security risks and traditional costs involved in transporting them to court. Currently, 417 courtrooms in Michigan have videoconferencing capabilities. Since its launch in 2010, the program has expanded so that high definition videoconferencing is installed in at least one circuit, district and probate court in all 83 counties. Seventy-eight counties now have videoconferencing systems in every courtroom.
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Royal Oak’s Park Gets Smart
Mayor Jim Ellison shares the vision for transforming a small corner of downtown real estate into a futuristic hub for Internet connectivity, smart car charging stations and entertainment in the heart of one of America’s …Read More
Royal Oak has kicked off a crowdfunding effort to raise money to build a small “smart park” in a pedestrian plaza next to a downtown parking deck with public WiFi, solar-powered digital charging stations, covered bike parking, a children’s area and more.
The city’s Downtown Development Authority and the head of the annual Arts. Beats & Eats event have already contributed $10,000 each. Donations to the park can be made online at rosmartpark.com.
Royal Oak needs to raise $60,000 by the time the campaign ends June 16 in order to qualify for a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. That would raise a total of $120,000 to build the park.
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