5 Cameras, 9 Mics Tested In Pilot Program

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Video cameras will soon be used inside a Marion County courtroom to streamline the process of obtaining a court record.

The Indiana Supreme Court is going to allow cameras inside the courtroom in a pilot program that begins next month.

Criminal Court 6 will feature five cameras and nine voice-activated microphones mounted in strategic locations. It’s a sophisticated, low-maintenance operation.

“Video follows audio technology. As soon as the system recognizes the speaker and his location, the cameras switch automatically,” Adoit Pradhan, with Jefferson Audio Video Systems, told RTV6’s Derrik Thomas.

“Each camera is assigned to a particular microphone, and sometimes one camera is assigned to two or three microphones and, depending on the location of the speaker, those cameras are switched automatically,” Pradhan added.

Currently, it can take up to 90 days for a trial transcript to be ready for appellate attorneys to review, and those documents can be 1,500 pages or more.

With the new system, attorneys will get a video copy almost immediately.

“The court is trying to respond to developments in technology,” said Judge Mark Stoner. “Kentucky has been doing this for 30 years. I don’t think it is going to change how lawyers try cases. It’s just a matter of how quickly we can get an appellate review.”

The judge has committed to at least 15 jury trials for the pilot program, but it is unclear if the role of the cameras will be expanded at the end of the program.

The company that installed the equipment has installed similar systems in 3,500 courtrooms around the world.

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