San Antonio Courthouse Courtroom Technology

Standard equipment is deployed in all courtrooms to include a document camera, monitors on all tables, monitors visible by each juror, electronic markup capability, a 65” HD monitor for the gallery, tabletop microphones on each table, wireless microphones, wireless internet, and device input connection options.

Presenting in Court

The court highly recommends arriving early or scheduling a visit to ensure all technology is functional in the room prior to a given proceeding. Speak to the courtroom deputy to secure time in the courtroom.

Presenting evidence from a device you bring to court

All connections are monitored by the courtroom deputy to control what is viewed in the courtroom and the jury. Counsel must confer with the judge as to what evidence will be shown on the equipment prior to its display. There are two options to present from devices you bring to court (i.e. laptop, iPad, etc.)

  • Physically connect your device:
    • You can physically connect with a cable at the podium, attorney table, or in the litigation support location (see courtroom layout). There is one option to connect: HDMI. You must either have a device that has an HDMI output, or bring an adapter to connect to the cable we provide. The court will not provide adapters to either party.
    • What you are connecting to is a cable that looks like this (click here). You will either have a port on your device that looks like this (click here) or you need an adapter to accommodate this.
    • If you are using an iPad or similar device, you need an adapter to connect. For example, look for a corresponding conversion from lightning to HDMI, or USB-C to HDMI depending on your model.
  • Wirelessly connect from your device:
    • You can connect to our presentation system wirelessly with additional work. It is critical that you arrive early to set this option up and test it prior to court.
    • This option can be set up on an Apple device such as iPhone or iPad, an Android tablet, or on a Windows laptop.
    • You must have the ability to install an application on the presentation device. If you are unsure whether you can do this, speak to your in-house information technology contacts. The court does not provide this service.
    • Instructions on setting up this option can be found by clicking here.

Presenting physical evidence

A document camera that looks like this (click here) allows the judge, attorneys, jury and witness to view exhibits simultaneously (such as: documents, photographs, objects, etc.).

Evidence Viewing

Touch screen monitors (Planar touch panel controlled through a Crestron DGE-100 or DGE-200-C) at the podium, judge’s bench, lower bench, and witness stand facilitate annotation (marking up an image).

In the jury box, every two jurors share a 27” monitor. The gallery has a 65” mounted screen available. All evidence is also shown on the touch screen monitors available in locations noted above.

Other Information

A USB-C connection is also available (for charging only).