GORDON QUIST'S COURTROOM
The United States District
Court for the Western District of Michigan has installed electronic evidence
presentation equipment in the courtroom of
Judge Gordon Quist, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
This evidence presentation equipment allows for the
projection of evidence on a large
screen mounted on the wall across from the jury
box. This technology will eliminate the cumbersome process of
handling paper evidence, and allow a trial to proceed much more efficiently.
Counsel planning to use the equipment are encouraged to contact
the court well in advance of their
court proceeding to inquire about training and practice sessions. Practice
sessions and testing of the equipment must occur prior to the day of a scheduled
court appearance, as the courtroom and court staff will not be available for
that purpose on the day of the proceeding.
The Court strongly encourages counsel to take advantage of the benefits of this
The courtroom contains the following equipment:
Counsel tables, containing:
Lectern. The lectern is mobile and equipped
with a laptop connection, work space and a microphone.
Witness Stand. The witness stand is
equipped with a laptop connection and a microphone.
Hearing Assistance System.
Wireless headphones are available for use by the hearing impaired, or for
Additional Equipment and Information
A cordless hand-held
microphone and a cordless lapel microphone are available.
Software. To make effective use of the evidence presentation system, counsel
may want to consider purchasing a presentation software package. The court
does not endorse any particular software package, but offers the following
information for your reference.
In addition, documents can be presented without special software.