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Councilman Oliver Joseph and Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa demonstrate the new Donaldsonville Courthouse sound system.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM MARTIN MCCONNEL

The sound and public address system in the historic courtroom in Donaldsonville has been replaced with one that makes the courtroom much more easy to use.

“The Donaldsonville courthouse was renovated several years ago, and I want to see it utilized more,” said Matassa. “Improved technology makes the courthouse a more attractive option.”

The cavernous courtroom can accommodate a large number of people, sometimes making it difficult to hear and understand what is being said. Court reporters, as well as the public, will benefit from the new system.

Councilman Oliver Joseph, who represents a large portion of West Ascension, including Donaldsonville, said, “I hope this will encourage our judges to hold court hearings more often in Donaldsonville.”

Additionally, the Ascension Parish Council meets there monthly, and those meetings are broadcast live on Ascension21 and livestreamed over the Parish YouTube channel.

The new system was installed at a cost of $24,000, and is part of Parish President Kenny Matassa’s overall plan to modernize Parish Government technology.