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July 2016 Attorney Recommendations

Published: 7/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

The Wyoming Supreme Court is pleased to announce the names of newly recommended attorneys from the Board of Law Examiners and the Character and Fitness Committee for the month of July, 2016

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Honorable Steven Cranfill, District Judge – Fifth Judicial District, Park County

Published: 7/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

On June 3rd, Judge Steven Cranfill, District Court Judge in the Fifth Judicial District, was the commencement speaker at the Wyoming Girls’ School’s graduation ceremony. Later in June, at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming, he addressed the 2016 Wyoming Girls State’s judiciary section. He also recently hosted a Law Day presentation that featured former California Deputy Attorney General John Gordnier. Mr. Gordnier spoke on intelligence laws, and in particular, the licensing of drones. Thank you, Judge Cranfill, for your outreach efforts on behalf of the Wyoming Judiciary.

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Sweetwater County Justice Center Construction

Published: 7/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

Construction of the Sweetwater County Justice Center, located at the county’s current detention center site, is moving forward. The center will combine the county’s two circuit courts into one facility. There will also be offices for the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office, as well as additions for the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office. The center is projected to open in the summer of 2018.

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Wyoming Supreme Court is awarded 2nd technical assistance grant for court security assessments

Published: 5/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

The State Justice Institute (SJI) recently notified the Wyoming Supreme Court that it has been awarded a second $50,000 technical assistance grant. The grant funds will be used to obtain the services of security consultants from the National Center for State Courts to conduct additional court security assessments. The funds the court received from the SJI in 2014 were used to conduct court security assessments in Albany, Big Horn, Crook, Goshen, Niobrara, Park, Platte, and Weston counties. The 2014 assessments provided critical information to the members of the Joint Appropriations Committee. Subsequently, the Legislature authorized $1,083.422.00 for matching grants to these eight counties—counties who could not otherwise afford to make court security improvements. Over half the courthouses in Wyoming remain vulnerable and lack the basic essential security elements. The assessments focus on the courtroom, judicial chambers, and other areas as they relate to the security and safety of judges, court staff, and court visitors. This recent grant will allow for assessments to be conducted in six to eight additional counties that were not included in the 2014 effort. With the help of these additional grant funds, the Supreme Court hopes to repeat the success it has had in leveraging state resources to strengthen security measures in Wyoming court facilities.

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Sweetwater County Justice Center

Published: 5/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Sweetwater County Justice Center was held on May 4th. The project developed after former Chief Justice Marilyn Kite expressed her concern to the Sweetwater County Commissioners that the security at the courts needed to be upgraded.

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