A welcome improvement in the courthouse

After lots of toiling and tinkering by courthouse technical staff, the Westchester County Courthouse now has an electronic court calendar on the first floor, right past the security check point.

This is a great development. The public can now see the names of all criminal defendants in court on that particular day, in alphabetical order, and learn in which courtroom those defendants will appear.

This is also a boon to reporters (i.e. me) who depend on WebCrims, the state’s online criminal court calendar. The site tracks cases as they wind through the system but isn’t always up to date with rescheduling and adjournments.

Not that last-minute changes were a secret — the list of defendants gets posted outside of each courtroom on all three floors of the courthouse. That is, unless a law clerk decides she doesn’t want to bother with such a petty task.

With the electronic calendar, there really is no hiding.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.