LINCOLN — Lancaster County prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges are getting used to a new system that’s allowing initial court appearances and arraignments in criminal cases to be held via video.

The switch is allowing the hearings to be held in the Lancaster County Courthouse, rather than four miles away in a tiny courtroom connected to the county’s old jail.

The move means officials no longer have to drive inmates from the new jail to the old one. Instead, defendants remain in the new jail and appear in court on a 32-inch TV screen.

Deputy County Public Defender Elizabeth Elliott says the switch has gone well for the first week.

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