19th Circuit Court of Virginia has video/evidence systems
available for court use. The systems enable attorneys
to present evidence simultaneously to everyone in the
courtroom through a network of video monitors or solely
with the use of a pull down screen and a projector.
The systems allow attorneys to:
Show documents stored electronically on an attorney-provided laptop.
Magnify portions of a document or a small piece of
Power Point presentations directly from their laptops.
videotape or DVD evidence.
The systems also allow attorneys or witnesses to annotate
documents or videotaped images on touch screens and
print the annotated evidence for later review by a
judge or jury.
In addition to the features listed above the courtrooms
have telephone and video conference call capability.
The High Tech Courtrooms include a 17-inch video monitor/touch screen
at the podium on which evidence is displayed and annotated, a
remote system control panel and a document camera
that transmits document images to the monitors.
In addition to documents, the camera can display
small three-dimensional objects, photographs, negatives
and x-rays. The podium also provides a DVD/VCR/audiotape
combination player as well as a connection
for an attorney-provided laptop.
Witnesses can view and annotate documents on their own monitor/touch
screen. The judge has a control panel and monitor and the court clerk
has a control panel as well.
At each counsel table, a 17-inch annotation-capable touch
screen monitor displays the evidence. There is also
a connection available for attorneys to connect their
laptops to present evidence from the tables.
There are two 42-inch Plasma monitors on each side of the
gallery for viewing.
The jury box contains eight 17-inch monitors; meaning there
is one monitor for every two jurors.
A mobile video evidence system is also available for use in
any courtroom. The components of the mobile and permanent video evidence
systems are similar.
interested in using the systems must fill out and
submit the form below. At
least two weeks notification is required.
Should the case SETTLE or be CONTINUED it is the
responsibility of the ATTORNEY to submit a cancellation
A new reservation form will be required for the new
Failure to adhere to these policies may jeopardize future
use of the High Tech Courtrooms.
Items marked with asterisks are required.
The High Tech Courtrooms have remote videoconference
capability for hearings and trials. The courtrooms use ISDN lines
to connect to any foreign or domestic ISDN compliant
Process - Parties must get approval from a
judge prior to requesting a remote videoconference. Once
that approval has been established, parties must contact
the Circuit Court IT Department at (703) 246-2366.
Failure to contact the IT Department will void
Testing - No less than 48 hours prior to the hearing or
trial date, there will be a mandatory
connection test from the remote site to the court to
validate that there is a reliable connection.
This test will be repeated thirty minutes before the case
is scheduled to proceed. The remote site used for testing
must be the same remote site to be used for the hearing or trial.
It is the policy of the Circuit Court
that the remote site is responsible for initiating
the connection for testing and the actual court date.
Display - Once the videoconference is established,
the video display that
is mounted behind where a witness would
sit in the courtroom is where the remote individual will be
shown. Individuals at the remote site and in
the courtroom will be able to see and hear what is
going on at both locations.
For any system reservation, at least two weeks notification
The systems are available on a first-come, first-served
basis. The systems are run by the attorneys, not by
Orientation prior to use of the equipment is strongly encouraged.
Please contact the Circuit Court IT Department at (703) 246-2366 to
set up an appointment.
If you need to bring your own equipment to the courthouse, please call
(703) 246-3279 to clear it with security.