Courtroom Audio Visual Requests
The Chester County Justice Center has 18 courtrooms and eight hearing rooms. Some, but not all, of these rooms are equipped with state of the art audio visual (AV) equipment for use during hearings, trials and other court proceedings. Other rooms are equipped with basic AV equipment, and a few other rooms share mobile AV equipment requiring advance reservations for use.
If you wish to reserve AV equipment for use during a court proceeding, you must complete the AV Request form at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled court date. Please be aware that submitting a request does not guarantee use of equipment on the requested date. Someone will contact you after receiving the request.
There is no cost to use the audio/visual equipment. However, Chester County does not provide personnel to operate the equipment during a trial or court proceeding. Our staff will set up and test the equipment, and troubleshoot if needed, but will not remain in the Courtroom during the trial or hearing.
No outside A/V equipment may be brought in for use without submitting the request form and meeting with the County’s A/V technician prior to the scheduled court date.
New levels of security have been added to the public WiFi system in the Justice Center. Many devices may not be able to connect to the WiFi.
If you have a device that needs WiFi, it is imperative that you bring the device in ahead of time to test it OR submit an AV Request form prior to your court proceeding. Amember of our IT staff will contact you and assist you with connectivity.
Typical Courtrooms have visual and audio presentation systems that include the following:
- Assisted listening device
- 4-way videoconferencing (please read * below)
- 2-way teleconferencing
- DVD player (please read * below)
- VHS player (please read * below)
- Document camera
- Computer connection access
- Audio/video connection access
- Projector* that projects onto a 9’ screen visible by Counsel, Witness, Judge, and Jurors
*this equipment requires a reservation as it may be not be available in all courtrooms.
Hearing Room Equipment
Hearing Rooms provide the following:
- 9’ projection screen
- Ability to use the following on carts:
- Document camera
- 4-way videoconferencing*
- DVD player*
- VHS player*
- Projector for connecting a laptop*
When scheduled in advance, the Epson document camera can be brought to the courtroom or hearing room. The document camera transmits the image of paper documents, X-rays, negatives, transparencies, and 3-D objects to the projector and screen in the courtroom or hearing room. The camera has zoom features.
Assisted Listening System
Wireless headphones are available on a reservation basis. The headphones amplify proceedings for the hearing impaired.
When scheduled in advance, the videoconferencing system can be brought into the courtroom or hearing room. This system can support up to a total of three remote locations on a single videoconferencing call. Currently only outgoing ISDN-based calls are supported; any IP-to-IP videoconferencing is not supported. Incoming ISDN-based calls can be supported on an as-needed basis.
Computer Connection Access
A connection to the AV system in the courtrooms is available at the Counsel tables and podium for those who use laptop computers. Connection to the system is though a standard 15-pin male VGA cable and a male 1/8” audio cable. This equipment does not support DVI-D, S-Video, or HDMI connections.
Audio/Video Connection Access
A connection to the AV system in the courtrooms is available at counsel tables and the podium for those who have other AV-related equipment. Connection to the system is though standard male composite stereo input and composite video input.
Courtrooms are outfitted with teleconferencing equipment capable of supporting one remote dial-in site.
Located on the projector cart, a Panasonic DVD/VCR combo is available for playing DVD video discs (DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD±R DL, DVD-RAM) or VHS tapes (VHS, S-VHS). This equipment does not allow redaction on the fly of different video content.
There is no cost to reserve or use the audio/visual equipment. However, Chester County does not provide personnel to operate the equipment during a trial. Our staff will set up and test the equipment, and troubleshoot if needed, but will not remain in the Courtroom during the trial or hearing.