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A Useful Directory of Federal Courtroom Technology

Ken Lopez
By: Ken Lopez

Trial Technicians, Litigation Graphics, Courtroom Presentations, Litigation Technology, Demonstrative Evidence, Hot Seat Operators, Trial Technology, Trial Director

At A2L Consulting, we have been providing trial technicians (also known as hot-seat operators) to help our clients display materials at trial since the 1990s. The role of a trial technician is a unique one. These men and women routinely work late nights during a trial to ensure that they are totally prepared for whatever can arise.

As we have said elsewhere on this blog, the ideal hot-seat operator must have a very close working relationship with the lead trial attorney and with the other team members, must have a calm demeanor in case he or she is called upon with no notice to provide something critical for the trial, and must have an understanding of the thousands of documents that will inevitably be involved in any trial. Most importantly, he or she must be able to make the trial presentation appear to be seamless and flawless.

We have seen instances in which opposing counsel, or their hot-seat operator, stumbled in one respect or another – and their credibility took a dive. We have written in articles like What a Great “Hot Seat Operator” Can Add to a Trial Team and 12 Tips to Hire the Right Trial Technician for Your Trial about the ideal qualities for a hot-seat operator. We've even released a free book on the topic called How To Find and Use Trial Technicians and Trial Technology. Click here to download it.

One thing that we perhaps have not discussed as much as we should is that a great hot-seat operator must, from the beginning, become totally conversant with the technology available in the specific courtroom in which he or she will be working. And there are substantial differences: Some courtrooms have expensive, built-in technology that is state of the art. Some will have excellent technology – if this were the year 2003. Some have no technology at all. It is the responsibility of the trial team, and of the hot-seat operator above all, to design an appropriate, modern technology set-up for the courtroom that will serve the paramount goal of persuading the jury.

Below we have prepared what should be a very useful directory of the technology available in the 90 federal district courts across the nation and we have linked to each of the courts’ websites.

If you browse through this directory, you will find that some courts offer detailed information about the technology that they house, all the way down to the name and location of each cable. Very often, the court’s website will include information about what technology from outside the courtroom you will be allowed to bring in for the purpose of supplementing what’s already there.

Some courts’ websites contain pictures of exactly what technology is available in the courtroom. But in some courts, there’s a need to actually file a motion with the court to ask the court to be specific about the use of technology. In some courts, there are audiovisual specialists who can assist the trial team with technology. A small minority of courts offer little or no information about courtroom technology. There, it’s a necessity to call the clerk’s office, which is, in any case, something that we advise everyone to do in every court.

Court URL to technology page
Alabama Middle http://www.almd.uscourts.gov/about/technology-and-training
Alabama Northern Contact the Clerk's office
Alabama Southern https://www.alsd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Alaska https://www.akd.uscourts.gov/courttech
Arizona http://www.azd.uscourts.gov/judges/courtroom-technology
Arkansas Eastern Contact the Clerk's office
Arkansas Western Contact the Clerk's office
California Central http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/clerk-services/courtroom-technology
California Eastern http://www.caed.uscourts.gov/caednew/index.cfm/attorney-info/attorney-resources/courtroom-technology/
California Northern https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/courtroomtech
California Southern https://www.casd.uscourts.gov/attorney/courtroom-technology.aspx
Colorado
Connecticut http://www.ctd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Delaware http://www.ded.uscourts.gov/guidecourtfac
District of Columbia https://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Florida Middle https://www.flmd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Florida Northern Contact the Clerk's office
Florida Southern https://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/available-courtroom-technology
Georgia Middle https://www.gamd.uscourts.gov/technology
Georgia Northern http://www.gand.uscourts.gov/technology-available-courtrooms
Georgia Southern Contact the Clerk's office
Guam Contact the Clerk's office
Hawaii Contact the Clerk's office
Idaho http://www.id.uscourts.gov/district/attorneys/Courtroom_Technology.cfm
Illinois Central https://www.ilcd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Illinois Northern https://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/Pages.aspx?Wsrh8mVweBtkCWu8DlGm87wN9Fs7aMC44dxh+5XRIzg=
Illinois Southern https://www.ilsd.uscourts.gov/CourtroomTechnology.aspx
Indiana Northern https://www.innd.uscourts.gov/judges-info/TLS/CourtroomTechnology
Indiana Southern https://www.insd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Iowa Northern https://www.iand.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Iowa Southern https://www.iasd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Kansas http://ksd.uscourts.gov/index.php/5898-2/
Kentucky Eastern http://www.kyed.uscourts.gov/?q=courtroom-technology
Kentucky Western https://www.kywd.uscourts.gov/attorneys/courtroom-technology
Louisiana Eastern http://www.laed.uscourts.gov/attorney-information/courtroom-technology
Louisiana Middle https://www.lamd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Louisiana Western http://www.courtroominformationproject.org/CIPViewCourthouses.jsp?objectID=1106766447709
Maine https://www.med.uscourts.gov/electronic-evidence-presenter
Maryland https://www.mdd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Massachusetts
Michigan Eastern http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/PDFFIles/courtroomTechnology.pdf
Michigan Western https://www.miwd.uscourts.gov/lansing-district-courtroom
Minnesota http://www.mnd.uscourts.gov/Courtroom_Technology/courttech.shtml
Mississippi Northern https://www.msnd.uscourts.gov/trial-support
Mississippi Southern https://www.mssd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technologies
Missouri Eastern https://www.moed.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Missouri Western https://www.mow.uscourts.gov/outreach/courtroom-technology
Montana https://www.mtd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Nebraska https://www.ned.uscourts.gov/attorney/courtroom-technology
Nevada Contact the Clerk's office
New Hampshire http://www.nhd.uscourts.gov/pdf/Courtroom%20Technology%20Manual%20-%20Website.pdf
New Jersey https://www.njd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
New Mexico(link is external) https://www.nmd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
New York Eastern https://www.nyed.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
New York Northern https://www.nynd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
New York Southern http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/courtrm_tech.php
New York Western https://www.nywd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology-0
North Carolina Eastern http://www.nced.uscourts.gov/attorney/crtech.aspx
North Carolina Middle https://www.ncmd.uscourts.gov/court-technology
North Carolina Western http://www.ncwd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
North Dakota Contact the Clerk's office
Contact the Clerk's office
Ohio Northern https://www.ohnd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Ohio Southern https://www.ohsd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Oklahoma Eastern https://www.oked.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Oklahoma Northern https://www.oknd.uscourts.gov/Courtroom%20Technology
Oklahoma Western http://www.okwd.uscourts.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Courtroom-Technology-Manual-0411.pdf
Oregon https://ord.uscourts.gov/index.php/visitors/courtroom-technology/summary
Pennsylvania Eastern http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/services/electronic-courtrooms#CourtroomTechnology
Pennsylvania Middle https://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Pennsylvania Western https://www.pawd.uscourts.gov/courthouse-technology
Puerto Rico https://www.prd.uscourts.gov/attorneys
Rhode Island Contact the Clerk's office
South Carolina https://www.scd.uscourts.gov/eCourtroom/slideshow/eCourt1.asp
South Dakota https://www.sdd.uscourts.gov/courtrooms_main
Tennessee Eastern https://www.tned.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Tennessee Middle https://www.tnmd.uscourts.gov/search/node/technology
Tennessee Western https://www.tnwd.uscourts.gov/pdf/content/CRTechnologyMemphis.pdf
Texas Eastern http://www.txed.uscourts.gov/?q=courtroom-technology
Texas Northern http://www.txnd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Texas Southern https://www.txs.uscourts.gov/page/corpus-christi-federal-courthouse
Texas Western https://www.txwd.uscourts.gov/for-attorneys/courtroom-technology/
Utah https://www.utd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology-information
Vermont https://www.vtd.uscourts.gov/evidence-presentation-systems
Virgin Islands https://www.vid.uscourts.gov/jury-evidence-recording-system-jers
Virginia Eastern http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/resources/Court%20Technology/evidence_presentation_systems.htm
Virginia Western http://www.vawd.uscourts.gov/programs-services/courtroom-technology.aspx
Washington Eastern http://www.waed.uscourts.gov/electronic-evidence-display-courtrooms
Washington Western https://www.wawd.uscourts.gov/attorneys/trial-support/courtroom-technology
West Virginia Northern https://www.wvnd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
West Virginia Southern https://www.wvsd.uscourts.gov/electronic-courtroom-training
Wisconsin Eastern https://www.wied.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Wisconsin Western https://www.wiwd.uscourts.gov/courtroom-technology
Wyoming http://www.wyd.uscourts.gov/htmlpages/courttech.html

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