April 18, 2014

Medina
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Clerk: Outdated equipment to blame for website’s glitches

MEDINA — Visitors to the Medina County Clerk of Courts website have experienced problems accessing court documents since Friday.

Clerk David Wadsworth said the problem has to do with the office’s servers and hard-drives. He said the website should be back to working order by today.

“This happens periodically since we have such outdated servers,” Wadsworth said. “But we’re planning on replacing them.”

David Wadsworth

He said the servers hadn’t been updated in more than 10 years.

Modernizing the clerk’s computer system was part of Wadsworth ’s election campaign.

“I’m hoping we’ll have everything upgraded by the end of the year,” Wadsworth said. “Until then, we’re asking the public to understand that we’re doing what we can to bring up the website as soon as possible.”

General dockets for criminal and civil cases are still available for viewing on the website, www.co.medina.oh.us/clerk. But documents, such as criminal indictments, civil complaints and attorneys’ motions, were unavailable.

Wadsworth said the office budgeted about $120,000 for the technological update, which would include new servers and software, a backup system and replacement computers.

“Once everything’s in place,” he said, “I’m sure the reliability factor will increase significantly.”

Wadsworth said anyone with an urgent need for court documents should visit the Clerk of Courts office on the second floor of the county courthouse, 93 Public Square , Medina .

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.