Courtrooms and Staff
Courtroom Technology Features All courtrooms are equipped with following equipment:*
- Document Cameras (ELMO) with integrated room projectors
- PC interfaces at counsel tables for courtroom presentation (Note the output type must be either HDMI or VGA from your device and the resolution set to 1280x720). Mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, IPad’s/Mac Book Air’s generally use adapters to convert them to an HDMI interface. However, it is not the same output as a PC as these devices use the MHL codec to output their video. Your mobile device may or may not be compatible. Component/Composite/S-video output is not supported.
- Courtroom lecterns are equipped with VHS, CD, cassette, and DVD players. Please note, if you have video on a DVD it must be in DVD FORMAT (NTSC). Simply burning a video from your computer to a blank DVD is not DVD format, it is a computer data file which a standard DVD player will not play back.
- Wired Public internet connections at counsel tables and lecterns.
- Integrated audio conferencing
*(Courtroom 260 has PC interfaces at counsel tables w/ projector display, wired public internet, and audio conferencing only).
There are 21 full-time Official Court Reporters for the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, who record testimony, argument or other spoken presentations heard by Common Pleas judges throughout the Seventh Judicial District. They then transcribe the proceeding and certify them for things such as appeals and records. More information about Court Reporters and How to Order Transcripts from a Court Proceeding.
The Minute Clerks are responsible for keeping an accurate record of all courtroom proceedings. They are responsible for swearing in all witnesses and the members of the jury. Responsible for picking up files prior to court hearings and returning them to the appropriate court office for docketing. Aids in the jury selection process by keeping accurate records. Responsible for keeping accurate time records of all jury trials, motions, etc.
Tipstaves are responsible for maintaining order in the courtroom. Opens court when the Judge enters the courtroom. Tipstaves are also responsible for overseeing the jury and their needs, especially when the jury is deliberating, seeing that they do not read newspapers that may contain details of the trial, and seeing to it that no one involved in the trial; e.g., attorneys, witnesses, reporters, have any contact with jurors. They call witnesses, attorneys, and other persons when needed in the courtroom. Tipstaves will fill any courtroom where the need arises.