From the quill pen to the Pentium laptop
Courtroom technology is finally catching up with the 21st century. Hugh Burrell gives a breakdown of some of the technology being used in the courts today
The progress of IT in the courtroom during the last five years has been dramatic, with ‘quill pen technology’ being replaced by 21st century IT and communication systems and facilities.As legislation governing the use of technology has been relaxed, the introduction of these facilities into the courtroom has been accelerated. Many of the legal world’s more complex trials now resemble a modern hi-tech office, full of monitors, computers and all the associated gadgetry.These days, most court applications require a combination of different image sources and many include video and video-conferencing inputs, as well as digitised evidence. All of this is now being co-ordinated to include rolling on-screen display of the real-time transcription of verbatim proceedings, superseding the old-fashioned stenographed report. Some of the facilities typically used in courtrooms today are detailed below.
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