County Receives 2012 VACo Achievement Awards for Courtroom Technology
Aug. 22, 2012
The Fairfax County Department of Information Technology (DIT) has received a 2012 Virginia Association of Counties Achievement Award for the "DIT Court Technology Model: Coordinated County and Courts." The award recognizes local government programs that include innovation, cooperation and model practices.
DIT's Courtroom Technology Office (CrTO) is a partnership with Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, along with other supporting county and state agencies. The office developed a fully integrated state-of-the-art centralized courtroom audio and video management system, which includes electronic evidence presentation; video conferencing for arraignments, remote witness, remote judge and secluded witness; and the capability to watch courtroom activity from another courtroom to accommodate overflow. Through the courtroom technology system, the courts can meet the increasing demands of an evolving global and technology-enhanced, digitized society.
There are 17 high-tech courtrooms in the Fairfax County Courthouse with the others to be phased in. Ultimately the courtroom technology system will support, centrally and remotely, 43 courtrooms and ancillary facilities for all three Fairfax courts.
The centralized Courtroom Technology Office is a unique business model to improve citizens access to courts; facilitate trials and hearings in the most effective and efficient means possible; allow for all three courts to share common resources; and provide for flexibility and adaptability to incorporate future technology and court proceedings.