Overview of Rutland'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 on a projection screen. Examples of media input include documents, photographs, x-rays, 3 dimensional objects, and computer based presentation software.

 

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.
Overhead Presenter 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.
 The podium based 24 inch 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 super imposed on the display.
Witness Monitor 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.
Podium with open doors showing the DVD/VCR and Blu-Ray Players The evidence presentation system also contains a DVD/VCR. The DVD portion of the player 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/VCR that can be operated from either counsel table. The podium also houses the electronic components that gather and disseminate the media throughout the courtroom.

In addition to the DVD/VCR player there is also a Blu-Ray player which allows for the playing of high definition video from Blu-Ray media.

Counsel Monitor Images are displayed throughout the courtroom via 24 inch flat panel LCD monitors. There are a total of 17 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 8 monitors for the Jury.
Podium Monitor The Judge and/or courtroom deputy control who may view the media via touch screen controls. This allows for specific control of both input and output to/from 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.
Counsel table with monitor and laptop 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.