Unveiled on September 13, 1993, the Courtroom 21 Project is an ongoing international demonstration and experimental effort which seeks to determine how technology can best improve all components of the legal system. It includes, in the College of William & Mary Law School's McGlothlin Courtroom, the world's most technologically advanced trial and appellate courtroom. A joint project of the Law School and the National Center for State Courts, the Courtroom 21 Project, "The Courtroom of the 21st Century Today," is a 1997 recipient of a Foundation for Improvement of Justice Award for its efforts to improve the administration of justice through technology. The Project includes two full-size traveling, high technology Courtroom 21 Portable Courtrooms, which are in great demand for professional conferences. The project is the world center for courtroom and related technology information and experimentation.
The Courtroom 21 Project has been covered by CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, the Discovery Channel, and Court TV in addition to numerous newspapers-- including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, National Law Journal, and the Australian, and magazines such as the American Bar Association Journal and Trial. Most of the Chief Court Administrators and Chief Justices of the states have visited. In addition to the federal judges and court administrators who have toured the Courtroom, the Project has also hosted the Automation and Technology Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justices O'Connor and Ginsburg. Project Staff members regularly make presentations at major national and international conferences and meetings. Numerous lawyers, including American Bar Association, state, and other professional association presidents and officers, and numerous members of the Department of Justice have also visited the Project. The Project has hosted meetings such as the Department of Justice's First Conference on the Use of Technology in Litigation and Investigations.
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