Techno(law)gically Advanced: Cattaraugus County Courthouse
Outdated courtrooms are an all too common occurrence— and the Cattaraugus County Courthouse was no exception. TV's had to be wheeled in to play video, evidence was projected using transparencies, and anyone with a physical disability was out of luck.
Now, jurors can see evidence projected onto a large-format LCD screen, making pertinent details clearer and easier to see. Infrared assisted listening devices were also added to the space to accommodate those with hearing impairment. With universality as a key design focus, all areas of the courtroom are now ADA compliant. Engineers equipped the jury box, judge’s bench, and attorney tables with numerous AV, data, and power connections making it easier to share evidence and data within the court room. For the most part, the new technology and digital ports are hidden to maintain a traditional look, which was updated with cherry veneer wall panels and new furniture.
LaBella is excited to continue working with Cattaraugus County, including updating an existing Olean location with three courtrooms, a waiting room, a hearing room, and an attorney library.