New, enhanced sound system approved
By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
SOUTHGATE – Attorney Christopher Bogard of Southgate was approved as a 28th District Court magistrate at the March 3 city council meeting, with the body also approving a new court sound system.
Bogard, who graduated cum laude from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School, was recommended by Judge Elisabeth Mullins.
The council also approved $14,000 for the purchase of new courtroom audio equipment.
Court Administrator Jeffrey Smith said in a Feb. 17 memo that the court’s original system is no longer in warranty, and the age of the system has made getting replacement parts difficult.
He said the upgrade will include an audio-mixer, amplifier and wireless microphone technology, and will include on-site setup, installation, training and remote support. He said the system has the capacity to be expanded if needed.
“The current system is old, and the technology has become outdated and unstable,” Smith said. “The new audio system will provide for superior sound clarity, which will enhance the court experience and allow for better transcription.”