Courtroom Technology

Courtroom Technology

All four of the Washington County juried courtrooms are equipped with an evidence presentation system with the following features:

  • Document Camera
  • Annotation tablet - used to emphasize aspects of an attorney's visual presentation. This annotation feature highlights selected portions of the image on the courtroom display monitors. Electronic enhancement does not alter the original object, document, photograph or electronic image. The annotation equipment works with the document camera and videotaped presentations.
  • VCR/DVD player
  • Input port for SVGA computer displays and an audio input jack to broadcast through the courtroom sound system. (The computer must be supplied by the litigant.)
  • Audiocassette player
  • Video conferencing capability
  • Wireless microphone
  • Wireless Internet

If you have questions or care to view the equipment's capability prior to a hearing, please contact the judge's judicial assistant.

Video Conferencing Appearances in Criminal and Other Cases

Local Rule effective March 1, 2009:

The circuit Court Judges of Washington County are committed to avoiding the need to transfer criminal defendants and respondents in Chs. 48, 51, 55, 938 and 980 cases to Washington County for non-critical court appearances and appearances at critical stages of the proceedings where a defendant or respondent wishes not to attend. Any attorney appearing in such a case in Washington County shall be required to notify the judicial assistant for the branch in which a case is pending of the attorney's belief that a hearing in which a defendant or respondent might otherwise be produced will involve other than a critical state of the proceedings or a critical stage of the proceedings where the defendant or respondent wishes not to attend. Critical stages of the proceedings include evidentiary hearings, trials or fact-finding hearings, plea hearings at which a plea of guilty or no contest, or an admission, will be offered, and sentencing or dispositional hearings. Attorneys shall advise the judicial assistant of the appropriate branch of the possibility of a video conference appearance by the defendant or respondent as soon as practicable.