San Diego Lawyer March-April 2019

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55,627 reported for jury service Jihan Maloney - Deputy District Attorney: I recently used the Trial Pad application via an iPad in my most recent trial. The application contained all of my photos, audio files, videos, etc., and published directly from the iPad to the screen in the courtroom. The Judge, clerk, and the jurors gave a lot of positive feedback after the trial about how seamless the presentation was. I was able to walk up to the witness stand while questioning a witness and have the witness zoom in to certain areas of a photograph and circle other areas of the photograph without any issues. Also, with the simple click of a button, I could jump between photographs and they would be published on the courtroom television. The jurors really seemed to like the use of technology and the ability to see exactly what portions of a photo the witness was referring to while testifying!

David Grapilon - Deputy District Attorney: The tech in the new courthouse is great. We connect our devices through ports at our desk, and use an iPad to present all our visuals. But old habits die hard: I still catch myself glancing down at the floor when I move about the well, looking for cords, cables, and extension cords to trip over!

Hon. Michael Groch San Diego Superior Court: The new courthouse has free public wifi and the branches are in the process of getting that same connectivity. Most courtrooms in the new courthouse are equipped with technology that allows attorneys to use the court’s projector and audio system to present their evidence and arguments. Attorneys just need to bring their own device that has an HDMI or VGA connection and they are ready to go.

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