Electronic Evidence Presenter
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MAINE
ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE PRESENTER
The U.S. District Court for the District of Maine offers various audio/visual equipment for members of the bar to use during hearings or trials. While each courtroom accommodates a different configuration of audio/visual equipment, they each accommodate the use of the Electronic Evidence Presenter (EEP).
The EEP consists of a digital document camera, a video cassette or digital video disk (DVD) player, and a projector. Images of exhibits (documents, photographs, negatives, objects, x-rays, transparencies, etc.) are displayed using the digital document camera permitting the judge, attorneys, witnesses and jury to view the images simultaneously. Using this equipment, the operator can zoom in on the most critical area of the exhibit in detail.
The EEP also allows attorneys to connect a laptop for presentation of evidence using PowerPoint or other presentation software. Attorneys MUST provide their own technical assistance in preparing the laptop evidence presentation. The court will not troubleshoot compatibility problems for attorneys using the EEP.
Attorneys who wish to use courtroom audio or visual equipment at a trial or hearing are required to understand and be prepared to operate that equipment. Attorneys who plan to use their own electronic equipment (such as laptops) at hearing or trial must schedule time well in advance to practice and to test their equipment’s compatibility with that courtroom’s system. Practice time should be scheduled with the Information Technology (IT) staff listed below for a date not less than two weeks prior to the hearing or trial.
The Court may deny the use of audio/visual equipment during a hearing or trial to attorneys who have failed to attend a practice session to confirm their equipment’s compatibility with the court’s system.
RESERVING THE ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE PRESENTER AND SCHEDULING A PRACTICE SESSION
Reservations for the EEP should be made two weeks in advance of the date of the proceeding. To reserve the equipment and/or to schedule a practice session, contact these IT staff members:
Bangor – Don Marshall at (207) 945-0575 ext. 6424
Portland – Robert Guptill at (207) 780-3356 ext. 5110