Resources on Courtroom Technology
Videoconferencing / Appeals
Videoconferencing / Criminal
The Federal Judicial Center prepared this resource page to help judges assess the admissibility of digital and other forms of electronic evidence to help Judicial Conference committees and others evaluate any need for rule and policy changes, and to inform social scientists about its work on courtroom technology. This work was not commissioned by the Judicial Conference of the United States or any of its committees.
This page contains a link to "Effective Use of Courtoom Technology: A Judge's Guide to Pretrial and Trial," a manual prepared jointly by the Center and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. The manual describes the substantive and procedural considerations that may arise when lawyers bring electronic equipment to the courtroom or use court-provided equipment for displaying or playing evidentiary exhibits or illustrative aids during trial.
The page also includes material from a research conference on courtroom technology hosted by the Center in July 2001. The goal of the conference was to identify the most pressing empirical issues related to the use of courtroom technology, and to determine how the FJC and other researchers might go about studying them.
In addition, information about several research projects the Center has undertaken pursuant to the conference is included here.
Effective Use of Courtroom Technology: A Judge's Guide to Pretrial and Trial
(PDF, 369 pp.)
aterials from the
July 2001 Research Conference on Courtroom Technology
An on-line survey of federal district court clerks
about the extent to which courtroom technology is used in their district court and for what purpose it is used.
Information about an on-going project concerning
the use of animations, simulations, and immersive virtual environment technology
A report on
the use of videoconferencing in the courts of appeals
, including how judges use the technology for oral arguments and other court business.
A description of the Center's new project concerning
the use of videoconferencing in criminal proceedings
Roundtable on the Use of Technology to Facilitate Appearances in Bankruptcy Proceedings
(PDF, 74 pp.)
The Center maintains two resource pages on materials relating to electronic discovery. The pages collect articles, PowerPoint slide presentations, and other items of interest Unless otherwise noted, the materials have been prepared by Center staff for use in judicial and continuing legal education programs and are not subject to copyright.
Electronic Discovery: Search and Seizure of Computers and Data in Criminal Cases
Materials on Electronic Discovery: Civil Litigation
For more information about the Center's courtroom technology project, contact Beth Wiggins at email@example.com or Meghan Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.