Courtroom Technology

Courtroom Technology

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

  • Document cameras are provided at each counsel table

  • Input ports at counsel tables for computer display (HDMI and VGA) and an audio input jack to broadcast through the courtroom sound system.  The computer must be supplied by the litigant. 

  • Barco ClickShare - device used to connect  laptop, tablet or smartphone to the wireless presentation system

  • Witness annotation - used to emphasize visual presentation by highlighting selected portions of an image on the courtroom displays.  Electronic enhancement does not alter the orginal object, document, photograph or electronic image.  The annotation equipment works with the document cameras or other video sources. 

  • Video conferencing capability

  • Audio conferencing capability

  • Wireless internet

  • Wireless microphones

The two court commissioner hearing rooms are equipped with all the above technology with the exception of annotation and jury deliberation room displays.

Assistive listening devices are available in all court and hearing rooms. 

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.