MediaEdge, a division of Exceptional Software Strategies, and Plumtree Software have announced a new Enterprise Web application developed by MediaEdge using Plumtree's Enterprise Web software that is designed to simplify the management, processing, and retrieval of all courtroom content. The courtroom application, Gavel, provides personalized, secure workspaces through which judges, lawyers, and clerks can submit, process, manage, and navigate the sprawl of data, documents, video, and multimedia files that flow through the court. By simplifying common courtroom processes and centralizing information from diverse sources into fully searchable workspaces, Gavel helps courts focus on issues rather than procedural logistics. The Courtroom Application is based on the Plumtree Enterprise Web Suite, MediaEdge's electronic courtroom management system, Gavel, and MediaEdge's Rich Media Server.
Specifically, Gavel is intended to help judges to: execute a full text search of the official transcript for a word or witness and then view the corresponding video to observe mannerisms or connotations; visually scan court video to find images of documents or other digital data presented in the hearing, click on an image and immediately play the video from that point on; and archive notes, collaborate with law interns helping to write the ruling, and move between details of all cases before their court. Gavel gives courtroom clerks the ability to: perform general courtroom administrative functions including setting court calendar, scheduling witnesses, managing the docket, and the flow of cases through the court; establish and follow procedural workflow and document processing for a hearing; and correct errors or make changes to the court transcript, synchronize the real-time transcript with the video, and resynchronize the video with the official transcript as it is finalized. Gavel allows lawyers to: review court calendar and status of all exhibits; review real-time transcripts of what a witness has said; and search for exhibits, filtering list by status, party, or courtroom.
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