Audio-Video Control Room

Many more courts are making use of audio and video recording to make the court record or to record proceedings where the record is not normally taken. A centralized audio video control systems permit a small staff of reporters to monitor several courtrooms from a central location.

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Design and Image

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Space

Space should conform to the specifications of the selected equipment. A public counter where attorneys may come to order transcripts and copies of the audio or videotapes is needed.
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Environment

Depending on the individual audio/video system adopted, the recording functions will require a particular operating environment, specified by the vendor, that will maintain an optimal room temperature, relative humidity and contain certain cable connections and a regulated power supply.
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Needs of Persons with Disabilities

The central recording facility should be accessible to persons with disabilities.
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Adjacency and Circulation

This space may be near the data-processing or administrative offices for the ease of management and the availability of technical support. Adjacency to the courtrooms is not necessary, although staff should be able to communicate readily with the clerk or other officers in the courtroom.
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Accessibility

The control room should be accessible from the private or restricted areas of the courthouse, but should have a public counter accessible from the public corridor where attorneys and the public may order transcripts or copies of the record.
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Security

Only authorized court staff should be able to enter the central audio/video room. The entrance should be locked. Fire extinguishers or a fire suppression system should be provided.
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Furnishings

Storage cabinets, work tables, and operator consoles should be provided. The room should be equipped with a public reception and information counter.
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Technology

Provision for an adequate power supply, back-up power, switch panel, and cabling are needed. A raised floor may be necessary to accommodate the necessary cabling.



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