Open House Showcases New High-Tech Courtroom Jan. 30

Wednesday, January 21 2009


Jan. 21, 2009 MOSCOW, Idaho – New courtroom technology is shaping legal proceedings and legal education. In addition to quality legal education, University of Idaho College of Law students now will receive first-class technology training in the college's recently remodeled, state-of-the-art electronic courtroom. Professors Trapper Stewart and John Hasko, along with third-year law students Samuel Creason and Chelsea Kidney, will demonstrate the technologies to the public at an open house on Friday, Jan. 30, at 11:30 a.m. in the Menard Law Building, at Sixth and Rayburn streets on the University of Idaho campus. “The room will perform as a trial court, housing a judge, attorneys, witnesses and jurors; as an appellate court, which includes a panel of three to five judges and two parties arguing before the judges; and as a lecture hall,” said Hasko, Law Library director and member of the college’s facilities and technologies committees. “The major challenge was to make sure the facility could perform in all three capacities.” Among other features, the new courtroom includes:
  • State-of-the-art AMX touch screen controls for Venue configuration, accommodating court trials, appellate court trials, mock trials, speaker presentations and video teleconferencing.
  • Pointmaker annotation software to annotate video and still images while being displayed on any screen. That information can be recorded, archived and retrieved. The software allows judges, prosecution, defense, witnesses and courtroom technicians to annotate on media, creating a collaborative environment during evidence presentation.
  • ELMO high resolution system to display printed material and physical evidence in its original format, projecting for all participants to view.
  • Voice-activated camera system that automatically selects the location of the speaker by microphone and displays their image as they present.
  • Digital Audio Recording System allows for sophisticated recording and retrieval of video and audio. This feature allows faculty and students to review what is saved in real-time during court proceedings.
  • A 50-inch diagonal PX350 Smart Board display for evidence presentation.
“With their technological training in the new courtroom, Idaho law students will be prepared to address the legal issues of the digital age as practitioners, and more effectively present their arguments in the courtrooms of the 21st Century,” said Hasko. The College of Law celebrates its centennial this year. The college has been recognized nationally for its distinctive programs, including its clinical legal education, pro bono service, diversity initiatives, and cross-disciplinary fields of study, including environmental and natural resources law, business law and entrepreneurship, advocacy and dispute resolution, and Native American law. For more information about the College of Law and its legacy, visit www.law.uidaho.edu.
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The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.