A state-of-the-art courtroom designed to speed complex commercial cases is now up and running in Westchester County Supreme Court’s Commercial Division in White Plains.
The courtroom, which serves as a forum for resolving complicated business disputes, has a tech-based evidence system that permits attorneys to display physical and electronic evidence — and witnesses to annotate the evidence.
The courtroom will have secure wireless access for judges with state-issued “smart” tablets and laptops and advanced acoustical elements to ensure proper sound levels including assistive-listening aids for hearing-impaired individuals.
The courtroom will also have real-time court reporting capabilities for instantaneous voice-to-text transcription, advanced audio-recording equipment and audio-visual conferencing capabilities.
This courtroom ”permits the attorneys to bring the evidence up close and personal to the judge and the jury. A better view of the evidence by all leads to a more effective presentation of the evidence and therefore a better trial,” said Sharon M. Porcellio, Esq., of Bond, Schoeneck & King, who co-chairs the Commercial Division Advisory Council’s Subcommittee on Use of Technology in Commercial Cases.
Source: The New York Law Journal