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Overview of Courtroom 440's Evidence Presentation System

The Evidence Presentation System was designed to promote and enhance the presentation and dissemination of exhibits and evidence in the courtroom.

This system allows for the use of many forms of media as input and displays this media throughout the courtroom on flat panel LCD monitors. Examples of media input include documents, photographs, x-rays, 3 dimensional objects, DVD/BLU-RAY disks, tablets and smart phones, video-conferencing and computer based presentation software.

Picture of podium The focal point of the evidence presentation system is the podium. The podium contains a recessed monitor for viewing the source media as well as the document camera and touch screen monitor.
Picture of document camera The document camera is capable of displaying documents, x-rays,
3-D objects, photographs, slides and overhead transparencies. By simply placing a document or object on the document camera's platform, the image is displayed throughout the courtroom.
Picture of the podiums 12 inch touch screen monitor The podium based 22" touch screen monitor allows for “mark-up” augmentation to the media being presented. By applying the flesh part of a finger to the monitor surface, the user is capable of drawing freeform lines or applying an assortment of arrows or crosshairs that are superimposed on the display.
Picture of touch screen monitor at the witness stand There is also a touch screen monitor at the witness stand. This monitor is identical in size and functionality to the one at the podium.
Picture of the input selector at the podium The podium contains a user operated video source selector. This allows the user to switch between several system inputs such as the document camera, DVD and laptop computer (at the podium).
Picture of the DVD/VCR player which resides in the podium The podium also contains a Blu-Ray player. The Blu-Ray player also features DVD, DVD+RW/+R, DVD-RW/-R (Video Mode), CD, SVCD,VCD, CD-R/RW and MP3 Playback. There is a remote for the DVD that can be operated from either counsel table. The podium also houses the electronic components that gather and disseminate the media throughout the courtroom.
Picture of a flat panel monitor Images are displayed throughout the courtroom via 22-inch flat panel LCD monitors. There are a total of 13 LCD monitors: 1 each for the podium, judge, court reporter, courtroom deputy, law clerk / probation officer, plaintiff counsel and witness; 2 monitors for the defense counsel and 4 monitors for the jury.
Picture of the Judge's and Courtroom Deputy's desktop control unit The judge and/or courtroom deputy control who may view the media via desktop control units. These control units allow for the specific control of both input and output to the system. For example, the judge may only allow the podium and counsel to view an image until admitted. Once admitted, the witness and jury would then be allowed to view the image.
Picture of a laptop at a counsel table with the VGA cable plugged into the evidence presentation system Also, the system allows for input from each counsel table. This enables counsel to use a laptop computer as an input into the system. With this option, counsel would be able to use their own application software to present information in the courtroom.