Create the most advanced “real world” courtroom possible, utilizing technologies tested in Courtroom 21, the experimental
mock courtroom at the William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia. Link the three-building main Court
facility downtown with the Juvenile Courthouse, Orange County Jailhouse and fifteen courtrooms in the Osceola County
Courthouse, all located miles away. And provide the capability to expand to additional remote local courthouses.
Courtroom 23’s architectural design presents many issues for audio sound reinforcement. It’s a two-story high room “built
like a church cathedral,” with a balcony for observation and seats for over 300. Overlapping needs for sound reinforcement,
court reporting, remote testimony and media control placed competing demands on the AV system design.
The Roger A. Barker Courtroom,
located on the 23rd floor of the
Orange County Courthouse in
downtown Orlando, is the centerpiece
of one of the more highly evolved
and interconnected court systems
in commission. Florida’s Ninth
Judicial Circuit Court embraced new
technologies early on. The courtroom
is wired for audio and video, with
video cameras, multiple plasma and
flat screen monitors, voice-activated
video teleconferencing and full
webcasting capabilities. Boasting
an interactive electronic evidence
presentation system, real-time digital
court reporting and online legal
research, it continues to embrace
new technology to enhance court
efficiency. Courtroom 23’s Chief Audiovisual
Engineer, John Byram, and his
team deliver all these leading edge
capabilities through a networked
media system based on Biamp’s
Audia® Digital Signal Platform.
The network is connected via fiber
optic backbone with PESA routers,
making the system resources available
throughout the network.
The full-featured AudiaFLEX
DSPs, with flexible input/output
configurations, solve the problem
of multiple mixes for sound
reinforcement, court reporting and
remote testimony. Audia’s leveler
is used to compensate for people
who move around a lot. The antifeedback
for the open mics. The AudiaFLEX
is also programmed for a discrete
mixer function dedicated to the court
reporters. It even allows the reporters
to access a password-protected level
of control to change individual mic
levels themselves, which dramatically
reduces the Ninth Circuit’s service
calls. The engineering staff can
also make those adjustments
remotely, without interrupting court
The Audia-based networked media
system makes it possible to give
each presiding judge control in the
courtroom and over what the media
sees. In Courtroom 23, Crestron ISIS
6000 touch screens on the judge’s
and clerk’s benches are programmed
to provide access to the Audia DSP
functions. In all the other rooms,
Biamp Volume/Select 8 remote
controls perform the same function.
Judges have control of volume levels,
without affecting recordings for court
reporting. Additional features allow
judges to mute the outside media
feed, introduce pink noise into the
system for a private sidebar and to
playback proceedings on demand.
With Audia on the network, one person can administer all sound in all courtrooms from one computer, without impacting
the proceedings. The Audia-based networked media system connects the Ninth Circuit with a world of possibilities.
Remote testimony from expert witnesses and out-of state police helps reduce scheduling delays, while saving money.
Networking also reduces transportation and security costs by enabling remote arraignments. Now the presiding judge
can go to a central court to arraign and take initial appearances from all locations in Orlando and Osceola counties.
As courtroom technology evolves, the flexible, powerful Audia platform will make it easy and affordable for the Ninth
Circuit to further the cause of justice.