Courtroom Technology

Guidance on Use of Courtroom Technology Equipment

Please review the information below, if you have any questions regarding the use of courtroom technology, please contact the court’s Systems Office at (202) 357-6404. Training can also be arranged if required.

All currently installed equipment such as monitors, document cameras, and microphones should not be moved without assistance. Do not remove or change pre-existing cables. Do not bring in outside equipment such as projectors or video splitters without first contacting the Systems Office for further guidance and instruction.

Courtroom Technology Information

Most courtrooms at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims contain the following technology:

Video Evidence Presentation System

  • Each courtroom contains 1-4 mobile large screen monitors with desktop monitors for judge, witness, counsel tables and lectern.
    • Standard courtroom resolution is 1024 x 768, some courtrooms support higher resolutions.
  • Document camera at lectern - display paper items on all screens in the courtroom.
  • VGA and 1/8" audio connection for laptops at counsel tables - show laptop screen on all monitors in the courtroom and play audio through the sound system.
    • The court has the capability to accept HDMI connections in some courtrooms.
  • Annotation - allows users at the lectern or witness position to draw on the screen to highlight items on display.
    • Some courtrooms have additional ability for judge and counsel tables to have this functionality.

Audio System

  • Assisted listening and interpreter systems - headphones provide the audio in the courtroom for the hearing impaired.
  • Wireless microphone - handheld mic or lapel mic.
  • Audio conferencing - allow multiple parties to participate over the sound system via telephone in the courtroom. The court requires parties use a landline for quality, no cell phones.

Video Conferencing

  • Video conferencing - allow parties to connect via the U.S. Court video conferencing bridge. Courtrooms contain three cameras: judge, lectern/counsel table, witness. Consumer quality video conferencing software is not permitted (i.e., Skype). Parties must have permission from the judge and arrange at least one month in advance for use of video conferencing technology.
    • Some courtrooms have the capability of HD video conferencing.
  • For more information on video conferencing, please click here.

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