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