Court Technology Office (CrTO)
The Court 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 Office, Office of the Sheriff and the Fairfax Bar Association and Law Library. Substantial opportunities exist by centralizing courtroom technology between the three courts and sharing resources and infrastructure. The CrTO was created to 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 Court 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 investment 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.
Fairfax County’s Courtroom Technology Management System (CTMS) is a state-of-the-art courtroom management, presentation and control system. All CTMS courtrooms include multiple flat-screen displays allowing the judge, jury and gallery to view unobstructed presentations of evidence with the ability to pause, enhance, annotate and print. The courtrooms contain touch-screen panels for the judge, clerk and users to manage multiple microphones and video displays located at the judges’ bench, clerks’ station, court recorder station, attorney tables and podium, jury box and spectator gallery. Prisoner arraignments are conducted on a daily basis both locally and remotely from any of the high-tech courtrooms saving significant staff and travel time. The evidence presentation system provides for various electronic evidence sources including CD/DVD/VCR, document camera, enhanced x-ray, computer video and multi-audio interface. The CTMS is overseen by the Court Technology Office (CrTO), and was developed in partnership with the three Fairfax County Courts and the Fairfax County Department of Information Technology. Currently 22 high-tech courtrooms (Circuit Court – 8, General District Court – 5, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court – 9) are operational within the 40 courtroom facility.
The 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 Court Technology Office (CrTO), if you have any questions.