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Courtroom Facilities - Raleigh

Courtroom facilities in Raleigh are located within the OAH offices at 1711 New Hope Church Road. There are four courtrooms, two large (A and B) and two small (C and D). These courtrooms are equipped with the additional support equipment described below. The equipment and functionality listed below may not be available at all times and Hearing participants must be prepared to conduct the Hearing without any support equipment. Hearings in locations outside of Raleigh do not provide any additional support equipment.

Do not bring food or drink into the courtroom.

Raleigh Courtroom A

Courtroom A

LOCAL PRESENTATION VIEWING

Presentations from VGA video sources can be viewed on computer monitors located at the judge’s bench, witness stand, and participant’s tables. Presentation sources include user supplied laptop or other user supplied device with a standard computer VGA video output. Connection cables have a 15 pin male VGA connector and a mini-stereo male audio connector.

Additional presentation features are available in Courtrooms A and B only. These include touch screen monitors at all locations, including the podium, with on screen annotation and printing, large wall mounted plasma screens, and document camera, VHS/DVD player and video conference display sources.


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LAPTOP PRESENTATION

Connections for laptop input into the audio recording and video presentation system are available at the podium or participants tables. The video connection is a 15 pin male VGA connector and the audio is a male mini-stereo connector. These are standard connectors that plug in to the external video monitor and external headphone connectors on a typical PC laptop. Copies of electronic presentation material must be provided to the Hearing Assistant in acceptable format – Microsoft Office or Adobe PDF for presentations, Windows Media Format for video, JPEG for pictures, and WAV or MP3 for audio - 2 copies of each submission.

 OAH does not provide laptop or computer hardware for presentations. A small number of computer video cards have been found to be incompatible with the video display system.

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DOCUMENT CAMERA

A fixed document camera is located at the presentation stand (Courtroom A and B only). The camera stand can accommodate paper sizes up to 12” x 17”. The camera swivels in multiple directions so a three dimensional object can also be displayed. A camera light switch is located near the camera lens for extra illumination and the camera has zoom and autofocus controls.

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DISPLAY ANNOTATION and PRINTING

Display monitor screens at the Judge’s bench, witness box, presentation stand and participant tables are touch sensitive and can be used to annotate over a displayed image (Courtroom A and B only). All monitor screens are active and can erase or overwrite any other monitor’s annotation.

The entire screen surface can be used for freehand drawing. Holding and dragging your finger will create a freehand line. The screen area can change from line drawing to arrow pointer by tapping the screen where you want the arrow with your finger. Touch sensitive control areas are located in the top and bottom left corners and the top right corner. These control areas are used to change color, clear and undo.

The color control will change the line or arrow color as selected (white, black, pink, red, green, yellow and blue). Existing annotations stay their original color. The clear control will remove all existing annotations on the screen. The undo control will remove each annotation, starting with the most recent, one at a time.

The Hearings Assistant can print color copies of the annotated screen from the assistant’s workstation.

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TELEPHONE CONFERENCE

A multi-party telephone conference can be setup and controlled by the Judge at the Judge’s control panel. The remote parties will be heard over the ceiling speakers and the local parties will be heard through the courtroom microphones.

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VIDEO CONFERENCE

A video conference can be setup and controlled by the Judge at the Judge’s control panel (Courtroom A and B only). The conference equipment must use the standard H.323 video conference protocol at each end. Due to the large variation in video conference equipment, proposed conference calls to a new endpoint must be tested and verified prior to scheduling. Any fees associated with a video conference must be paid by the requesting party.

The far-end video will be displayed on the two large wall-mounted plasma monitors. The local video view can be selected by the Judge from preset views or adjusted manually from the Judge’s control panel. The local view can be displayed on the plasma displays using the small PIP overlay. Local video source can be either of two courtroom video cameras, or any presentation source (laptop, document camera or DVD/VHS player).

The remote parties will be heard over the ceiling speakers and the local parties will be heard through the courtroom microphones. Connection, camera views, volume, presentation source and disconnect are controlled by the Judge at the Judge’s control panel.

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Additional information can be found in the Courtroom Equipment User Guide. Contact the Clerk's office at least one week before your scheduled hearing date ( 919-431-3000) if you would like to arrange a familiarization session.