OBF Announces 2017 Court Grant Awards

OBF Announces 2017 Court Grant Awards

The Oklahoma Bar Foundation is proud to announce its court grant awards to 11 Oklahoma District Courts for 2017 funding. The Grants & Awards Committee recently held interviews with judges and court clerks from counties across the state, more than half of whom were applying for an OBF grant for a first time. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Committee’s recommendation to grant funds to all 11 applicants, totaling $96,564.

The majority of application requests were for updated audio, visual and recording equipment used in Court proceedings. The need for such equipment stems from outdated and obsolete equipment in many courthouses, and the lack of funds to replace the equipment. Current systems are beginning to malfunction and software compatibility issues arise. As a result, court personnel must often use their own personal computers and equipment to get by until new equipment can be purchased.

The Court Grant Fund was established in 2008 and has since made awards to 53 of the 77 district courts in Oklahoma. “It is a priority of the OBF Board of Trustees to provide funding to courts in every county of the state. With each cycle of our yearly Court Grant process we get closer to achieving this goal,” says Patrick O’Hara, Grants & Awards Chairman.

Funding of Court Grants is made possible by generous Cy Pres Awards designating the Oklahoma Bar Foundation as the recipient.

2017 Grant Recipients:

District Court of Adair County – $13,890

2 – 60” Interactive Display Boards 

District Court of Craig County – $5,915

Courtroom audio system  

District Court of Garvin County – $14,490

Audio & visual equipment for new courtroom 

District Court of McClain County – $1,458

Digital recording system for courtroom & 2 digital transcription kits for court reporting 

District Court of McIntosh County – $11,133

Audio equipment for courtroom 

District Court of Muskogee County – $7,145


District Court of Pottawatomie County – $2,397

3 digital recorders 

Pottawatomie Juvenile Division – $9,417

7 Microsoft Surface Pro Tablets 

District Court of Okmulgee County – $11,230

PA system in courtrooms 

District Court of Sequoyah County – $14,919

70 inch Smartboard for courtrooms 

District Court of Woodward County – $4,570

100” fixed screen projector with accessories



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