These certainly aren’t your parents’ or grandparents’ courtrooms.
A series of video cameras, 80-inch televisions and HD microphones recently were installed in each of the three fourth-floor courtrooms at the courthouse, as the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit prepares to resume jury trials early next month.
The new pandemic-friendly setup will allow jurors to spread out and socially distance, with some sitting in the jury box and some in the gallery. Members of the public and family members will not be allowed inside of the courtroom while jurors are present, but instead live access will be available through the circuit’s website – www.eighthdistrict.org
By clicking on the “Courtroom Live Streams” tab on the website, anyone will be able to watch live jury trial proceedings from anywhere. The format will be in “Zoom form” with four “Zoom squares,” with one camera focused on the judge, one on the witness stand, one on the defense’s table and one on the prosecution’s table.
Jury selection, meanwhile, will take place inside of the Walter B. Williams Jr. Park gymnasium, before the action moves back to the courthouse for the actual trials.