SC Chief Justice asking for more funds to keep information safe

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The head of South Carolina's judicial system says she needs more money to safeguard digital information for courts across the state.

Chief Justice Jean Toal told a Senate panel Wednesday that it would take about $5.5 million to set up a site at Clemson University that could serve as a backup for digital court records now stored in Columbia.

Toal says she also needs about $500,000 to train staff on data security measures.

The House budget approved Wednesday doesn't include that money. But Toal says the state's courts would be crippled if the information were wiped out and not backed up.

Toal is also asking for the money to fund new circuit court and family court judges, as well as staff attorneys for both appellate courts.