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Nebraska Court Technology Guidelines

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   The purpose of these guidelines is to indentify for the Nebraska courts appropriate and recommended technology for use in the courts and to provide guidance to the practicing bar in accessing and using such technology.

These guidelines establish three (3) classes of courts, with two (2) levels of services in each class. The classes of courts are:

   I. Minimum services class - Minimum technologies that should be available in all courts, available to be used by the bar or parties. The technologies in these courts may be lower than standard due to low volume, technical barriers, or other extenuating circumstances.

   II. Standard services class - Technologies which should be available in most Nebraska courts. These technologies are those anticipated to be used on a regular basis by the bar and parties, if available in the court.

   III. Advanced services class - Technologies that are emerging for courtroom use and are being adopted by the bar and parties for use in courtrooms. These technologies are used in more complex litigation or to resolve logistical problems regarding distance and schedules.

Two (2) levels of services are identified in each class. Class 1 services are available daily without any advanced notice; and Class 2 services are available with advance notice as defined in the accompanying tables.

   The goals of these guidelines relate to both the bench and the bar and are as follows:

   - Provide members of the practicing bar with guidance on how they will be able to make courtroom presentations around the state.

   - Allow for better preparation and less chance of “technical difficulties” or incompatibilities at court proceedings.

   - Identify for the state courts minimum technologies to have available as soon as possible.

   - Identify technologies to be available in the “average” Nebraska courtroom (aiding in budgeting and decisionmaking on how to best improve the trial courtrooms).

   - Designate “leading edge” technologies that have shown promise in aiding courtroom presentations, and trial management.

   - To provide incentives for counties to upgrade courtrooms to qualify for higher courtroom service designation.

   Upon approval and implementation of these guidelines, all courts should do an initial assessment/report on a form to be provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). These reports should be reviewed and verified by the Information Technology Division of the AOC.

   Upon completion of the initial assessment, a master “Court Technology Services” listing should be prepared and posted to the Web site of the Nebraska Supreme Court. The listing should include addresses and telephone numbers used by the courts for court proceedings. The Nebraska State Bar Association should also be contacted and offered an opportunity to place a link to the “Court Technology Services” listing on its Web site. The “Court Technology Services” listing may be footnoted to indicate special procedures, notice, or other information applicable to a particular court, including a notation of whether “technical support” is available and any special contact numbers. However, such deviations should be reserved for very unusual situations in order to maintain the goals of providing uniformity and consistency.

   In addition to the “Court Technology Services” listing noted above, an additional section may be included on the Nebraska Supreme Court Web site with these guidelines for “Court Construction/Renovation Resources.” This section may include links to these guidelines and the review and verification procedures of the AOC; to material such as Judge Alan Brodbeck’s video of the Holt County Court renovation project; and to national courtroom technology Web sites such as those at the National Judicial College at Reno, Nevada.

Judicial Branch Education (JBE) should be advised of these guidelines so that programming may be developed or modified as necessary. Education should be available to aid court personnel in their ability to operate and maintain the hardware and programming contemplated by these guidelines.

 

Level I Courts – Minimum Services Class – [Courts with minimum available technology]


 

 

 

Class 1 Services

Cost Estimate

 

 

 

1

Speakerphone for teleconferences

$50-750

2

Television/monitor

$600-1,000

3

DVD/VHS player

$75-100

4

Electrical outlets for use at counsel table

 

5

Electrical outlets for use in well of court/jury presentations

 

6

Internet access for counsel use (somewhere in courthouse)

$13.50/mo

7

Printer access

$0-200

 

 

 

Class 2 Services

(Upon 2 full business days’ notice)

1

SKYPE capability

$100-150

2

Cassette players (full and micro)

$50-75

 

 

 

 

Level II Courts – Standard Services Class – [Courts with most widely available technologies]

 

 

Class 1 Services

Cost Estimate

Courtroom in general

 

1

All service in Level I, Classes 1 & 2

 

2

Audio system including microphones, speakers, amplifiers, 

$750-1,000

 

recording inputs/outputs

 

3

Audio cassette players (full & micro)

$50-75

4

Digital projector or large screen monitor (42" or greater)

 

5

Personal computer or laptop computer with capability:

$50/mo

 

      To display video/audio output on Item No. 4; and

 

 

      To display/play the following file types:

 

 

MP3, WAV, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, AVI, MPEG4, WMV, xls,

xlsx, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, mov, vob, wma, html,

flv (flash player)

 

 

Class 2 Services

(Upon 5 full business days’ notice)

 

1

Document camera

$1,200-1,500

2

Video/audio feed connections for media-supplied gear

 

3

Laser pointer and wireless advance for PC presentations

$75-150

 

 

 

 

Level III Courts – Advanced Services Class – [Courts with current and cutting edge technologies]

 

Class 1 Services

 

 

Courtroom in general

 

 

1

All service in Level II, Classes 1 & 2

 

2

Video monitor @ bench, counsel table & jury

$800

3

Video switcher/controller

$300-800

4

Video cameras w/ remote control (for media/overflow)

$150

5

Video conferencing capability (three sites minimum)

$5,000-7,500

6

Document camera

$1,200-1,500

7

Internet access for counsel (at counsel table)

$13.50/mo

8

Laser pointer and wireless advance for PC presentations

$75-150

9

Real time transcription @ bench & counsel tables

 

 

Class 2 Services

(Upon 10 full business days’ notice)

1

Annotation system/whiteboard

$2,500-4,500

2

Color printer

$150-300

3

Video/audio feed to overflow site

 

 

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