Nashville courts, attorneys using video conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Defense attorneys in Davidson County have begun using video conferencing to meet with clients who are sometimes held in prisons hours from Nashville.

Courts information technology director Ted Wallace said 118 attorneys have used the video conference room to meet with clients since January. That has saved the state about $50,000, according to The Tennessean.

All 18 Davidson County courtrooms also have video conferencing capabilities, which judges rely on for initial court appearances.

Those video court proceedings save the Davidson County Sheriff's Office about $300,000 a year in transportation and personnel costs, said Davidson County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Karla Weikal.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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