|Technology in Superior Court
| eCOURTROOM SOFTWARE
The digital evidence presentation system serves as the heart of the embedded
electronics in the courtroom. The system allows counsel to switch from displaying
exhibits, realtime transcripts, video recordings or multimedia presentations
with the push of a button.
However, the court maintains direct control of audio and visual distribution
at all times during courtroom presentations through a control system and its application software. The bailiff, and if necessary,
the judge can instantaneously mute or stop any audio or visual presentation.
The application enables the control of all audio and visual presentation equipment which includes input and output for courtroom microphones, video, VCR,
DVD, ELMO, projector, computers, and volume.
The Official Court Record
The Court has an obligation to make an accurate record of
all proceedings and to ensure that the ability to do so is preserved into
the long-term future.
The court's official
record is maintained by court reporters who use traditional reporting
methods as well as interactive realtime transcription. Realtime reporting combines the traditional transcription of court reporters
with cutting-edge technology to enable courtroom participants to see speech
as soon as they hear it. As of December 31, 2001, all Superior Court reporters provide Realtime
In the courtroom,
realtime provides simultaneous translation of testimony directly onto
our linked projection system and computer screens. The results are similar
to closed-caption text on television.
Realtime applications allow the judge and counsel to view testimony on their
computer screens as it is taken, to highlight testimony, code issues online,
to mark and annotate key sections for later use, and generate comments
to linked co-counsel as the testimony is taken. This technology empowers
courtroom participants with instantaneous access to proceedings as they
Digital Audio Recording
Some selected routine courtroom proceedings use a digital
audio recording system to record without
the use of a court reporter. The software records multiple channels for recording each person
onto digital audio files. Once recorded the proceeding can be accessed
on the network by the
clerk or the judge.
Videoconferencing has been used in the court for more than a decade. Traditionally,
it was used for a limited number of purposes, primarily arraignments,
remote witness testimony, and in-state administrative meetings.
The technology demonstrated an excellent return on investment for a wide
range of court activities. More recently, videoconferencing has emerged
as an essential element of our integrated courtroom technology. Our in-court
videoconferencing is seamlessly integrated into the courtroom configuration.
Sentencing Order Program (ASOP)
The ASOP application enables the court to issue sentencing orders simultaneously with a judge's pronouncement. Previously it would take days
to disseminate the information to all criminal justice agencies. Sentencing
data is electronically filed and transferred within minutes to prisons and
other agencies and criminal histories also are updated for future court proceedings. Defendants receive a complete copy of their sentencing order while
in the courtroom.