Courtroom Technology Office (CrTO)
The Courtroom Technology Office (CrTO) coordinates research and facilitates automation and technological enhancements throughout the court system; to include the Circuit Court, General District Court, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Commonwealth's Attorney’s Office, Office of the Sheriff and the Bar Association. Substantial opportunities exist by centralizing courtroom technology between the three courts and sharing resources and infrastructure. The CrTO was created to devise and provide a means of developing, coordinating and implementing courtroom technology and automated information systems to improve and streamline court management and operations for the 40 operational courtrooms and related support offices. The CrTO is a Department of Information Technology function supporting all three Courts, managed by a Courtroom Technology Officer, under the direction of the Chief Judge, Clerk of the Court and the Fairfax County Chief Technology Officer.
High Tech Courtrooms In Action
Fairfax County’s recent investments in high-tech courtrooms for the Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court provide solutions to many types of legal and logistical challenges.
Five new high-tech courtrooms were launched in 2008 for the Circuit Court and General District Court. During 2009, the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court moved into the new wing of the Fairfax Courthouse which included nine new high-tech courtrooms. Renovations for three existing courtrooms were completed in spring 2011.
The new high-tech courtrooms provide the capabilities for:
- Integrated and electronic evidence presentation with multiple flat-screen displays allowing the judge, jury and gallery to view;
- Video conferencing for arraignments, remote witness and secluded witness;
- Integrated assistive listening and interpretive systems;
- Judges’ control of the technologies from the bench;
- Overflow capacity to observe courtroom activity from another courtroom;
Please e-mail Courtroom Technology Office (CrTO), if you have any questions.