Assistive Listening System
All courtrooms and chambers are installed with Assistive Listening Systems for individuals with some degree of hearing loss to use their telecoil hearing aid so as to participate in the trial.
Centralised Display Management System
To allow lawyers and members of the public to obtain up-to-date hearing lists and other court schedules, there are seven Centralised Display Management System (CDMS) iKiosks in the Supreme Court Building. The iKiosks’ interface is integrated with the Integrated Electronic Litigation System (eLitigation), which allows users to access information on the Duty Judge and Duty Registrar, hearing lists, venues for hearings, as well as an interactive directory for easy navigation around the Supreme Court building. The iKiosks are located on Level 1 near the escalators, near the escalator landing and at the lawyers’ waiting areas on Level 2, as well as in Chambers 4A and 4B.
The Interactive Queue Management System (i-QMS) provides an equitable and orderly queue system in the Supreme Court, especially for chamber hearings before the Registrars. The i-QMS notifies lawyers of when their case is going to be heard through display screens. The i-QMS allows the Registrars flexibility in managing queues, by enabling them to arrange for short matters, such as adjournment or consent applications, to be heard first. i-QMS has been rolled out to all applications before Registrars, except hearings for bankruptcy petitions.
The Supreme Court's Digital Transcription System (DTS) leverages on various technologies to put in place an integrated system to facilitate the digital audio recording of court hearings. The DTS allows the Supreme Court to digitally capture audio recordings of the court proceedings and perform near real-time transcription.
The system also allows for the synchronisation of the final digital audio recording with annotations made by Judges during hearings. This feature allows Judges to execute the search and playback function to review the audio recording and the corresponding annotations after the hearings. The DTS also allows for remote transcription so that court transcribers need not be physically present in the courtroom. Since 1 August 2005, the DTS has been made available to all courtrooms in the Supreme Court Building. DTS has since been extended to all registrars' hearing chambers.
To ensure that parties and witnesses attend the hearings in the correct courtrooms and chambers, electronic signages are put up outside each courtroom and hearing chamber. The e-signages are constantly updated to reflect the latest and most accurate information and obviate the need for paper notice boards in the Supreme Court building.
All courtrooms in the Supreme Court building are equipped with the necessary network infrastructure to facilitate electronic hearings. Counsel may also bring their notebook computers to court, access electronic case files and present their cases using the appropriate technology.
In order to encourage more lawyers to take advantage of advancements in technology to better present their cases, mobile infocomm technology facilities are available for use in all the courtrooms inclusive of non-technology courtrooms and chambers. Mobile audio-visual equipment is available for use in both the non-technology courtrooms and hearing chambers, while mobile video conferencing equipment is for use in hearing chambers only.
The new Interactive Display Board with HD display features a 65 inch High Definition touch-screen display which allows users to annotate multimedia contents and preserve it.
The Skype software allows the Duty Registrars to hear cases that are non-contentious in nature. Through the use of Skype, counsel can participate in virtual hearings by video conferencing, in the convenience of their offices, resulting in time and cost savings for parties and their counsel. Skype has been installed in two Registrars’ chambers on Level 2.
The Technology Courts house advanced technologies to enable lawyers to present their cases more effectively. All five Technology Courts in the Supreme Court building contain plasma screens and video cameras for video conferencing. Lawyers may also link up their laptops to the audio-visual systems, so that evidence may be projected onto the monitors and screens for simultaneous viewing by everyone. The visualisers in these courts also allow images of 3D objects or hardcopy documents to be captured and magnified.