Evidence Presentation Technology
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts has installed electronic evidence presentation systems in all of the Boston and Springfield courtrooms, plus one Worcester courtroom. Also, please note our Electronic Devices Policy before arriving that the Court. For information on using this technology please contact the appropriate courtroom deputy below:
Chief Judge Melvin S. Hoffman:
Courtroom Deputy Regina Brooks - (617) 748-5337
Judge Frank J. Bailey:
Courtroom Deputy Mary Murray - (617) 748-5350
Judge Joan N. Feeney:
Courtroom Deputy Peggy Defren - (617) 748-5327
Courtroom Deputy Stephen Reynolds - (413) 785-6909
Judge Christopher J. Panos:
Courtroom Deputy Halina Magerowski - (508) 770-8927
A document camera enables counsel to present electronic evidence with video monitors and/or a projection screen. Evidence in the form of documents, pictures, photo negatives, x-rays, and 3D objects are all viewable.
Video monitors are located at the judge's bench, the courtroom clerk's station, the witness box, the lectern, and counsel tables. The witness and lectern monitors are equipped with touchscreen technology which provides for an annotation tool. The annotation tool will allow court users to draw or mark on the screen with a stylus or finger without altering the original document itself.
The combination VCR and DVD player allows playback of VHS tape or DVD evidence through the video distribution and display system. It contains a search feature that allows the operator to slowly advance an image. The annotation tool provides the witness and the attorneys with the opportunity to annotate over the taped images using the touch screen monitors.
Laptop video and audio connections (VGA and HDMI) are available for presenting evidence from the lectern making it possible for attorneys to present both audio and video presentation as evidence. A 26-point font size is recommended for presentation from a laptop computer.
The Court strongly recommends testing laptop systems in the courtroom before use in open court. This is especially true if planning to use a laptop to play sound, or the VCR to view a VHS tape. Past experiences have proven that different media recordings produce different results. Under these circumstances it may be necessary to make certain changes to accommodate specific media.
The video conferencing system can be utilized for a variety of video communication applications including simple video conferencing, multi-source conferencing, and mixed output video conferencing such as the presentation of documents, computer output and VHS/DVD videos within a video conference.
Telephone Conferencing System
The telephone conferencing system can support six parties and is integrated into the courtroom audio system.