The electronic courtrooms at the Eastern District of Pennsylvania provide a wide array of technical components that support evidence presentation, remote site interactions, language interpreting and audio enhancement. The technologies include:
Wireless headphones will amplify proceedings for the hearing impaired.
Wireless headphones will support the delivery of simultaneous interpretation of court proceedings to multiple litigants or jurors.
Multiple Language Interpreting
Wireless headphones will support the delivery of simultaneous interpretation of court proceedings in up to two languages. Available in Courtrooms 3A and 3B.
The infrared emitter transmits audio to wireless headphones on multiple channels for the purpose of amplifying proceedings for the hearing impaired and accommodating the interpretation of a single language.
The video conferencing system complies with industry standards and is compatible with compliant systems anywhere.
Courtrooms are outfitted with teleconferencing equipment with ridge service, capable of supporting up to 32 remote dial-in site.
Through touch screen technology and an interface with counsel supplied laptops, exhibits from disk or hard drive may be displayed from counsel table or evidence presentation station to unobtrusive flat panel monitors positioned throughout the jury box and the courtroom.
Jurors can view evidence on wireless tablets in the jury box. Installed in Courtrooms 14B and 15A.
Evidence Presentation Station
The evidence presentation station located near the lectern contains components that will be utilized by counsel during a court presentation. Touch screen annotation, Blu-Ray/DVD player, document camera, and connections for laptops are included.
Touch Screen Annotation
There is touch screen annotation capability at the lectern and witness stand that is part of the video presentation system. This allows counsel and witnesses to make annotations on exhibits or videos being displayed on the document/video presentation system. Attention can be drawn to details displayed on the flat monitors throughout the courtroom. Annotation may also be used as an electronic white board.
The document camera will display the image of paper documents, x-rays, negatives, transparencies and 3-D objects on the monitors throughout the courtroom. Zoom features are included.
Blu-Ray/DVD players will support the presentation of video depositions or evidence to each monitor in the courtroom.
Digital Audio Recording System
The official court record will be digitally recorded on four audio channels which are reserved for designated speakers. This allows the review of each channel separately for precise transcription of the testimony. In addition, electronic log notes support the easy retrieval of any portion of the court proceedings instantly, eliminating the time-consuming need for searching through audio tapes. This system has been installed in all of the courtrooms.
Cabling Infrastructure for Real-Time Court Reporting
Cabling is included that will support the use of real-time court reporting.
Computer Connection Access
VGA or HDMI connection to the evidence presentation system is available to counsel for those who use laptop computers at the evidence presentation station and the counsel tables.