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Evidence Presentation Systems


The Eastern District of Virginia has courtroom evidence presentation systems available at each courthouse. The systems enable attorneys with their laptop computers to present evidence simultaneously to everyone in the courtroom through a system of interconnected video LCD displays.

 

The court’s evidence presentation systems consist of computer audio and video input connection cables (3.5 stereo, VGA, HDMI), a digital document camera, a control panel for video source switching, and video LCD displays for the judge, witness, counsel tables and jury.

 

The court’s evidence presentation system allows attorneys to:

 

Simultaneously share scanned documents, present animations, display graphics, and play audio and video files from the attorney’s laptop computer.
Zoom in and out on portions of a paper document, a photo, or a small piece of physical evidence with the digital document camera.
Annotate with the touch of their finger evidence displayed on the video LCD displays.

 

The court’s evidence presentation system native video resolution is 1024 x 768. The resolution of the attorneys’ laptop computers must be set at 1024 x 768 prior to connecting to the court’s evidence presentation systems. Third party presentation software like Sanction, Trial Director, and Power Point are compatible with the evidence presentation systems.

 

The court does not provide any equipment to present documents, animations, graphics, audio and video files from VHS, CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and external drives like a USB thumb drive. All files must be presented from the attorneys’ laptop computers.

 

Attorneys interested in using the system must first receive approval from the judge presiding in their case two weeks prior to using the system. Requesting attorneys should submit a written request to the chambers of the trial judge to attain the required permission to use their laptop computer and the court’s evidence presentation system.

 

Attorneys are responsible for operating the evidence presentation system and court employees are not authorized to operate attorneys’ laptop computers.

 

Wi-Fi and webcams of the attorneys’ laptop computers must be disabled when in the courthouse. Internet service is not provided by the court in the courtrooms. Portable projectors and projector screens are not authorized in the courtrooms.

 

Attorneys, their staff, and their litigation support contractors are not authorized to remove, relocate and reconfigure any of the court’s evidence presentation system equipment.

 

Orientation prior to any use of the equipment is encouraged. Once you have received approval to use the evidence presentation system, please email the Court Technology Administrator at courtroom_tech@vaed.uscourts.gov to schedule an orientation. Attorneys are responsible for attaining authorization from chambers to bring a laptop computer to the scheduled orientation. Orientations are for learning how to use the court’s system and testing laptop computer connections. Practicing presentations and preparing witnesses is not authorized.