Andrew Robinson Reporter Louisville Business First
Judge A.C. McKay Chauvin knew the courtrooms in Jefferson Circuit Court needed an audio/visual upgrade from the first time he noticed that the light of his courtroom’s projector pointed into the witness’ eyes during trials, forcing them to shield their eyes while testifying.
“It’s one of those things, I had the same conversation over and over,” Chauvin said. “I would say, ‘wow, we really need to do something.’ ”
A public-private partnership among local lawyers and law firms and the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts is raising funds to upgrade audio-visual presentation equipment in 13 Jefferson Circuit Court courtrooms at the Louis D. Brandeis Hall of Justice.
The upgrades will ensure that all sides in a court case have the same technology to make presentations, and they will allow electronic exhibits to be entered into the official court record.
Through a 13-member finance committee composed of local lawyers, nearly $450,000 of the $800,000 needed to complete the upgrades has been raised through pledges and donations by individual lawyers and local firms.
The Louisville Bar Association planned to host an event last night in Chauvin’s courtroom to give area attorneys an idea of what the improvements will be like and perhaps entice them to donate money to complete the project.
Louisville-based Jefferson Audio Video Systems Inc. is installing the new technology.
The project is the largest single digital evidence-presentation project JAVS has installed, said Kurt Maddox, chief evangelist for JAVS. Maddox is in charge of global business development for the company.
Chauvin’s courtroom a prototype
Chauvin’s courtroom was the first to receive the upgrades, which included two ceiling-mounted projectors, a second projection screen on the wall opposite the jury box, and touch-screen monitors with interactive telestrator capability at counsel tables.
The courtroom will be a prototype for the building’s 12 other circuit courtrooms.
Chauvin said his goal is that every circuit courtroom will be outfitted with the new equipment.
“We want it to be available to everyone under any circumstances,” Chauvin said.