It’s no fun paying a traffic ticket, but at least it’ll be a little easier for Riverside County residents due to an $875,668 grant, officials disclosed Thursday.
The Riverside County Superior Court was awarded the funds by the Judicial Council of California to streamline court services by automating them, and in some instances making them available online.
Making the payment of traffic tickets easier with part of the funds will be a new “Traffic Avatar,” an online portal the public can use to pay tickets, request an extension, provide proof of correction and inquire about traffic school.
Other uses of the money will include these benefits:
— multi-lingual self-help kiosks designed to assist with juror check-in and allow electronic access to the daily docket, among other features;
— attorney and litigant electronic courtroom check-in that can be accessed through an application on smartphones.
The Judicial Council received a total of 118 applications and awarded 53 grants to 29 trial courts.
“I am incredibly proud of the collective effort of court staff on these projects,” said Presiding Judge Becky L. Dugan. “Our technology team, led by Pete Pappas, has created a system which will save court users time, provide needed information quickly and lower the level of frustration many feel when they cannot easily access the court system.”
— City News Service