Trial preparation is the foundation for success in all cases from the very beginning. Evidence disappears and people forget details, so it’s important to be prepared. For many years legal teams have been using technology to drive efficiencies in both the discovery and trial phases. The Inside Councel shows us that 5 steps of courtroom technology in trial preparations on Powerful tools that can strategically organize all case information.


Electronic presentation of exhibits, visual aids and video depositions can play an important role in the outcome of your case. Having the right equipment in the courtroom is a necessary part of an effective and problem-free presentation. Understanding what equipment you need — and the associated costs and logistics — is important for both pre-trial preparation and budgeting. These are the five steps of courtroom technology preparation.

1) Reconnaissance

Gathering comprehensive and accurate information about the courtroom is foundational.

Reconnaissance starts with a visit to the court’s website. Federal court websites in particular often provide basic information about courthouse technology. Next is a phone call to the courtroom deputy or other designated staff person who can answer questions about technology and arrange for access to the courtroom.

Third and most crucial is a site visit. I’ve always found court staff to be friendly and cooperative, but they aren’t always knowledgeable about what technology is available — and even less often about how it works.

The courtroom inspection is the time to:

  • Introduce yourself to the courtroom deputy, IT person and court reporter;
  • Make a full inventory of permanently installed equipment such as jury box and witness stand monitors, drop down screen and wall-mounted TVs;
  • Identify equipment that is available for use in your courtroom but stored elsewhere, such as a projector, ELMO (a high-tech overhead projector) or TV with DVD player on a wheeled cart;
  • Note the number and location of the power outlets (having access to only one or two outlets is a common issue in older courtrooms);
  • Draw a diagram of the courtroom layout, measuring the distances between bench, jury box, counsel tables, podium, gallery and any installed equipment and taking pictures from each vantage point; and,
  • Ask about reserving the court’s equipment, leaving your equipment in the courtroom during trial (including over weekends), and when you can come in for equipment set-up and tear-down.

Finally, it’s important to find out about local practices. Two issues that come up with some frequency are judges’ rules on non-attorneys sitting before the bar and restrictions on who can bring in computers, phones and other electronics in the age of heightened security.


2) Evaluation

The next step is evaluating the technology needs of the case and the trial team’s technology preferences.

The minimum technology requirements are:

  • A presentation system that can be viewed by the judge, jury, witness and counsel and which may consist of monitors, projector and screen, a large-screen TV or some combination of these;
  • Speakers in cases with video depositions or audio exhibits;
  • Various cables, e.g., VGA cables, power strips, extension cords;
  • Desktop equipment set-up used by the courtroom technology specialist (and typically provided by the specialist); and,
  • If the parties are sharing equipment, a feed splitter to toggle between plaintiff’s and defendant’s presentations.

Optional technology is an ELMO, touchscreen monitors at the witness stand and podium, large-screen TV for use specifically in opening and.. Read More

Article Source: Inside Counsel



15 Responses to Inside Counsel: The 5 steps of courtroom technology preparation

  1. Kungphoo says:

    Wow! I didn’t realize that so much went into this. This is great! Thanks for sharing this very informative article! 🙂

  2. Jason says:

    All I know about the court room is what I see on TV. I never would have thought that technology would play such a big role in the court room. I guess everyone, everywhere is taking advantage of present day technology. Great post!

  3. Deborah says:

    I’ve sat on jury’s before and never had the prosecutor or defense use technology to present information. It was all visual actual information that was brought in. It’s interesting that technology is now a big part of whatever we do.

  4. Shari says:

    Technology is a big part of almost everything that goes on these days. Thanks for the interesting post!

  5. Meli says:

    The only time I’ve seen electronic presentations have been on TV, however, not on the popular shows. I guess the cases on which I served on the jury were low profile enough to use the everyday tangible evidence.

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  7. Dov Shapira says:

    Very interesting indeed.
    Can you use laptop for presentation ?

  8. Jim Striegel says:

    I had no idea this much went into setting up a courtroom! Interesting post.

  9. Jeff Brand says:

    With all the electronic gadgets we see on TV shows these days, this doesn’t surprise me, but sure is interesting.

  10. I did not know there was so many things to consider. The only things I know about courtrooms is what I see on tv. Last August I was in a small claim court but it was nothing like the things I see on tv. Thank you for the information!

  11. I love learning more about how the legal system works. Thank you so much for sharing about what goes on in the courtroom:)

  12. That’s amazing how technology play a rule in an courtroom presentation. Thanks for sharing this good info.

  13. Never thought about what had to go in to the preparation for a court proceeding. Very interesting post, thanks!

  14. a2cHEN I really liked your article. Awesome.

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