Trial Courtroom

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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s trial courtroom is a critical aspect of preparing its students for legal practice.  The courtroom, opened in 2011 through funding by generous support from Cleveland-Marshall alumni and friends, features state-of-the-art technology and is the most advanced courtroom of its kind in any law school in Ohio. The trial courtroom is utilized in the curriculum of many of Cleveland-Marshall’s classes as well as by the trial advocacy program and several student organizations.

The full-sized courtroom, which includes a 12-seat jury box and an adjacent jury deliberation room, allows students to experience all perspectives of criminal proceedings. The ability to practice in a setting that so closely simulates a real trial setting is a major advantage for Cleveland-Marshall students in building the practical skills needed for practice upon graduation.

 

 

The advanced technological features of the courtroom include:

  • High-definition recording capabilities for remote viewing and live streaming, used to analyze and review proceedings
  • Court reporting software that allows real-time transcription and transmission
  • Big screen plasma televisions in the courtroom and deliberation room
  • Video displays located at the judge's bench, the courtroom deputy and between each pair of jurors
  • Viewing screens in the gallery
  • A document camera to display exhibits
  • On-screen annotation of evidence
  • Judge initiated “white noise” to mask sidebar conversations
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