Section 27-05.2-10, NDCC, authorizes grants from the Court Facilities Improvement and
Maintenance Fund for county projects to improve or maintain court facilities. The Fund receives
revenue from a share of a $100 fee applied to all criminal cases except infractions. The Court
Facilities Improvement Advisory Committee is established under Section 27-05.2-09, NDCC, to
receive applications for grants and make awards for projects that qualify for grant funds. The
Committee is comprised of the following members: Sally Holewa, State Court Administrator and
Committee Chair; Jerome Gruenberg, Ward County Commissioner, Dwayne Erickson, Foster
County Commissioner; William E. Kretschmar, State Representative; and Jim Hill, State Bar
Briefly stated, the basic project requirements are that the improvement or maintenance project
must be a necessaryimprovement to court facilities or essential to remodel or maintain existing court
facilities. The county is required by statute to provide local funding for the project in an amount
equal to at least 25% of the project's total cost. Additionally, Section 27-05.2-10 requires that at
least 25% of the available grant funds be allocated to counties with a population of less than 7,500.
The Court Facilities Improvement Advisory Committee convened on January 29, 2009 to
review the fifth round of applications for grant funds. The Committee met again on February 19 for
further review of applications. The total amount of grant funds requested was $3,013,635.43, which
was considerably more than the funds available for grant awards. The amount of grants awarded at
the January 29 and February 19 meetings was $872,866.53.
Listed below in alphabetical order are the counties that received grant awards, the amount
of the award, and a brief description of the project.
Adams $19,237 Air conditioning (clerk's office, jury room, attorney conference
room), metal detector and Kevlar (courtroom desks), office suite and
desk (clerk's office), window coverings (clerk's office and jury
room), coat rack, table and shelving (jury room).
Barnes $23,712 Ductless air conditioning units (judge's, recorder's, and clerk's
offices), window blinds (judge's and recorder's offices), carpet, paint,
shelving (clerk's office).
Benson $3,924 Courtroom chairs, reupholster judge's chair, repair and paint
courtroom ceiling, shelving unit.
Burleigh $9,920.84 Remodel judge's chambers, table and chairs for jury room, courtroom
Dickey $3,528.71 ArmorCore for bench, court reporter's desk, and clerk's desk.