This Note will explore the evidentiary issues raised by the Electronic Courtroom, state how they are presently handled, and highlight the need for the adaptation of the Rules to allow for the smooth integration of such technology into the courtroom. Part I explains why the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts began funding Electronic Courtrooms and how they have grown in numbers. Part II gives details about the type of equipment typically employed in the Electronic Courtroom, using Courtroom 575 as a case study. The observable impacts of technology on a trial also will be noted. Part III contains an empirical analysis of evidentiary issues commonly raised in Electronic Courtrooms and their standard treatment under the Federal Rules of Evidence. Finally, Part IV discusses the growing discretionary area of illustrative aids, on the rise due to courtroom technology, and the need for new evidentiary procedures to adapt to the technology.
Note, Merging Technology with Justice: How Electronic Courtrooms Shape Evidentiary Concerns, 50 Clev. St. L. Rev. 57 (2002-2003)