Videoconferencing Courthouse to Prison
The Delaware County Court uses videoconferencing for hearings and various interviews between the Courthouse in Media and the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Concord Township.
This internet-based system is used between the George W. Hill Correctional Facility and the Courthouse. It reduces waiting time for all parties in the courtroom and eliminates potential security problems in the community and the Courthouse since the inmate does not leave the prison.
In addition to Arraignments, the system now transmits Violation of Probation and Parole Hearings in front of Masters and Judges (Gagnon I and Gagnon II Hearings), Bail Hearings and Bail Appeals, Extradition Hearings, Custody Cases, Children and Youth Cases, Domestic Relations 72-hour Hearings, Paternity Hearings, Guilty Pleas and other miscellaneous cases.
The Court began using videoconferencing in such a way for sexual offense cases involving children, in which the child and defendant are separated to allow the child to testify in court, yet not in the presence of the defendant.
Videoconferencing is also utilized for interview purposes so that court or county professionals need not travel to the prison to speak with a client. These interviews include Public Defender interviews, Bail and Probation/Parole interviews, Drug & Alcohol Assessments, and Psychological Interviews.
Private defense counsel and court-appointed attorneys may also use the system for interviews by scheduling an appointment at 610-891-5439.