TECHNOLOGIES IN OUR TODAY’S COURTROOMS 4
TechnologiesFound in Today’s Courtroom
Advancesin technologies continue to impact on how legislations are made inour today’s courtroom (Kuchlerand O Toole, 2008). Technology development has made various courtroomtasks easier and has enables effective legislations. Technologyadvancement has brought about the creation of various equipments foralmost all courtroom tasks, starting with evidence presentation tostorage of data for future use. In most of our today’s courtrooms,there is a digital evidence presentation system. According to Siegel,Schmalleger and Worrall (2015), the presentation system allowslawyers to present their documents and demonstrations to the jurors,judge, witnesses and all persons in the courtroom. In addition, manycourtrooms today have monitors, which allow the public to follow thecase procedures. In addition, courtrooms have installed threedimensional virtual reality projections. The virtual projections usea device that enables the viewer to witness digital displays as if heor she was physically on the scene of occurrence. The proper use ofthe digital evidence presentation system has various advantages overthe analog devices, such as speed, convenience and efficiency(Kuchlerand O Toole, 2008.
Almostall lawyers have gone digital in presenting their exhibits throughthe use of laptops (Fredric,2000). Laptops are useful in presenting documents stored in digitalformat and enabling power-point presentation of evidence. In adigital courtroom, a judge has a device known as “kill switch”,which is used in skipping or turning off the screens to get rid ofimproper evidence. The other technology which has enabled the use ofoff-site witnesses in presenting fast-hand information during trialis video conferencing (Siegel,Schmalleger and Worrall, 2015). This technology is also being used bylawyers in participating in a case proceeding without the need ofphysical appearance in the courtroom.
Anotherdigital devise in use in our electronic courtrooms is a digitaldisplay board also referred to as the interactive touch board. Thelawyer utilizes it through the use of a pen or finger. Just like thechalkboard, this board can be cleaned with an electronic eraser. Thisboard is used in presenting displays instead of using a chalkboard,making evidence presentation highly convenient (Kuchler and O Toole,2008). In addition, the interactive board is neat and saves a lot oftime during court proceedings. Real Time Transcription is anotherup-to-date digital device that enables the real-time presentation ofa court reporter’s recordings. The transcribed report is displayedon courtroom monitors for the judge and lawyers(Fredric, 2000).
Technologyhas resulted to the growth of software packages utilized before andduring trial. The software is useful in the management of importantdocuments. Documents, images and important information on caseproceedings are scanned and stored into a database. The softwareprograms are significant in out today’s courtrooms since theyenable the searching, arrangements and presentation of exhibits oneafter another. The software also enables the trial team to view anduse the comments made by the attorney on various exhibits’ margins,in future proceedings. Technology has also made it possible forbar-coding of exhibits and video-clips during trial. The bar-codingof exhibits and video-clips enables immediate viewing by scrutinizingthe barcode from an index. Original documents and exhibits arescrutinized and downloaded into a system that generates a barcode foreach. Bar-coding makes future retrieval of such exhibits anddocuments easier, saving time and resources.
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Kuchler,D. D., & O Toole, L. C. (2008). How technological advances in thecourtroom are changing the way we litigate. Quarterly-FederationOf Defense And Corporate Counsel, 58(2),205.
Siegel,L. J., Schmalleger, F., & Worrall, J. L. (2015). Courtsand criminal justice in America (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson