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; Randi Suckut, Wells County
Commissioner; William E. Kretschmar, State Representative; and Charles G. DeMakis, State Bar
Briefly stated, the basic project requirements are that the improvement or maintenance project
must be a necessaryimprovement to court facilities or essentialto 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 available for counties with a population of less than 7,500.
The Court Facilities Improvement Advisory Committee convened on February 14, 2013, to
review the eighth round of applications for grant funds. The Committee reviewed 39 applications
for grant funds: 13 applications from counties with populations 7500 or more and 26 applications
from counties with populations less than 7500. Amount of grant funds requested: $667,645. Amount
available for grant awards: $1,116,569.52 Amount of grants awarded at the February 14 meeting:
Listed below in alphabetical order are the counties that received grant awards, the amount
of the award, and a brief description of the project.
Bottineau $5,161.50 Renovate and expand bench, clerk’s desk and table, electronic
recorder’s desk, witness station (to accommodate equipment for
Burke $7,096.50 60" LED TV; DVD player; ELMO (document presentation system).
Burleigh $20,682 Ceiling repair (entry to judge’s chambers); painting and wallpaper
(judge’s chambers); replace carpet in judge’s chambers.
Cass $28,985.25Clerk service counter improvements; jury box removal; build wall
between lawyer’s desks and audience; replace juror chairs; remove
judge’s bench and recarpet room.
Cavalier $14,550 Kevlar: judge’s bench, clerk and recorder work stations.
Dickey $7,791 Courtroom air conditioner; cameras for courtroom and judge chamber
entrances; refrigerator (jury room).
Divide $2,317.50Metal detector.
Dunn $2,750.25Security camera installation and panic buttons related to courtroom,
judge’s chambers, clerk’s office and deputy clerk work space.
Emmons $15,351.33Replace air conditioning system. Proportional cost for judge’s
chamber, jury room, clerk’s office, adjacent hallways; copier/scanner
plus hook-up charge.
Foster $434.98 Chair for judge’s bench; portable DVD player.
Griggs $14,569.64*Ballistic panels for judge’s bench ($2,493.75); IVN system for
courtroom (12075.89)*. * Grant award for IVN system is contingent
on approval of the system by the trial court administrator.
Hettinger $22,359.75* Install door between courtroom and judge’s chambers ($1,620);
portion of security camera system related to court space ($2613.75);
IVN system for courtroom ($18,126)*. *Grant award for IVN system
is contingent on approval of the system by the trial court
LaMoure $4,300.07Flat screen TV; DVD player; television console; repair and paint
walls (judge’s office, law library); replace carpet with tiling (judge’s
chambers bathroom); state flag
Logan $16,478.31Air conditioning/heat pumps for law library, courtroom, jury room,
clerk’s office; counsel chairs; chairs for court reporter and clerk;
install courtroom fans.
McHenry $4,195.20* Keypad locks (courtroom doors, judge’s chambers); metal detector;
Kevlar for judge’s bench. *Grant award based on adjusted cost
allowance for metal detector of $3,000.
Mercer $2,106 Multi-pattern microphone system for courtroom.
Nelson $22,442.25* IVN system (without monitor) for courtroom: ELMO document
presentation system). Grant award division: *IVN system ($18,618);
ELMO system ($3,489); wireless handheld ($335.25). *Grant award
for IVN system is contingent on approval of the system by the trial
Oliver $4,906.84Security cameras for courtroom (2) and hallways adjacent to
Pembina $1,196.25 Workstation for clerk of court.
Pierce $3,243 Printer/copier/scanner for clerk’s office.
Ramsey $112,166.44Substantial project to renovate and relocate clerk office and
Ransom $5,049.41 Ductless air conditioner (1/3 cost for judge’s office); shelving for
clerk storeroom; chairs for jury room.
Rolette $17,609.84 Replace floor covering (jury room, hallway to juror restroom);
remodel restroom adjacent to courtroom; replace door to clerk’s
office; replace windows (courtroom and jury room).
Sargent $9,257.13*60" TV and wall mount; DVD player; 12 juror chairs; 4 courtroom
chairs; light fixtures (courtroom, hallway, jury room, judge’s
chambers, clerk offices); locking doorhandle, refinish tables, repair
jury box railing.*Award contingent on submission by county of
detailed vendor estimates
Sheridan $2,373.75Remodel jury box and clerk and court reporter areas.
Stark $14,096.25Replace glass in juvenile court doors; security locks and video
entrance system; replace window blinds (2nd floor courtroom).
Steele $2,046.76 Kevlar (judge’s desk and doors leading to judge’s chambers);
deadbolt locks (judge’s chambers, clerk’s office); handheld scanner.
Stutsman $14,013Installation of additional keycard security doors; installation of new
door (keycard secured); related electrical.
Stutsman $6,395.81*Metal detectors (2) for courtrooms; crowd control posts; wall mount
for crowd control tape. *Grant award based on adjusted cost
allowance for each metal detector of $3,000.
Stutsman $6,332.67Replace carpet with tile in elevator area and lobby adjacent to district
Stutsman $11,763Heat pumps (district court offices); duct work (juvenile court).
Towner $6,699.20Public terminal workstation for use by attorneys and public; change
phones (judge, court recorder, law library/conference room, clerk’s
office); refinish tables in jury room.
Wells $5,646.75 Remodel clerk workspace; new desks for clerk and deputy clerk; add
telephone and data jacks; computer monitor for clerk workstation.
Williams $26,063.25Refurbish courtroom audience seating.
Williams $6,815.25Replace juror chairs.
Williams $83,052Courtroom upgrades related to unforeseen structural problems
(replace counsel tables, judge’s bench, bar, and jury box; replace and
modernize monitoring, recording, communication systems).