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Ireland Following an EU tendering process, the Fujitsu led consortium was awarded this Technology contract by the Courts Service.

The brief was to design, implement and support a high-end, fully integrated technology solution for 3 of the courtrooms in the refurbished Cork Courthouse.

February 27, 2005

The Cork Courthouse, based at Washington Street, has undergone a major refurbishment involving seven Circuit courtrooms as well as major internal reconstruction to provide accomodation for Circuit Court staff within the Courthouse. The building has undergone a €26m refurbishment in the biggest courts project since the Four Courts in Dublin were rebuilt after the civil war.

This new courthouse was officially opened on the 26th February by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Michael McDowell, T.D. The ceremony included an honour guard from the army and both army and garda bands provided music for the occasion. Formalities included an ecumenical blessing, ribbon cutting by the minister, and speeches in courtroom one by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Sean Martin, the Chief Justice, the Hon Mr. Justice John L. Murray, and Mr. McDowell.

As well as extensively renovating the Courthouse, the Courts Service also introduced three technology-enabled courtrooms to enhance and extend the capability of the Courthouse. Following an EU tendering process, the Fujitsu led consortium was awarded this Technology contract by the Courts Service. The brief was to design, implement and support a high-end, fully integrated technology solution for 3 of the courtrooms in the refurbished Cork Courthouse. A specific objective was the introduction of technology as an aid to the presentation of evidence within the courtroom. The technology included digital audio recording, video conferencing and electronic evidence distribution catering for evidence from CD, DVD, VCR, visual presenter or an evidence PC/server or from counsel's laptop. Public Information Display System is also included to provide information to the public on the cases being heard within each courtroom. The solution was delivered by the Fujitsu-led consortium on time and to budget.

From left to right: Mr. John Coyle, Mr. Michael McDowell, Mr. Declan Parker, Senior.

From left to right:
Mr. John Coyle, Director of IT, The Courts Services.
Mr. Michael McDowell, T.D, Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
Mr. Declan Parker, Senior Consultant, Fujitsu Services.

From left to right:  Mr. Mike Pomeroy, Mr. John Walsh, Mr. John Clare, Mr. Steve Roberts, Mr. Steve Denny, Mr. Declan Parker.

From left to right:
Mr. Mike Pomeroy, Managing Director, Specialist Computing.
Mr. John Walsh, Client Director, Fujitsu Services.
Mr. John Clare, Country Operating Officer, Fujitsu Services.
Mr. Steve Roberts, Managing Director, Internet Video Communications.
Mr. Steve Denny, Technical Design Architect, Internet Video Communications.
Mr. Declan Parker, Senior Consultant, Fujitsu Services.

Fujitsu Managing Director, John Clare, pointed to the company's impressive track record in implementing the latest technology in a courtroom setting.

“Fujitsu has a great deal of experience in delivering working technology-enabled courtrooms in The Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK. The company has been involved in providing the technology for a number of high profile Inquiries; including the Bloody Sunday enquiry, the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Shipman Inquiries. Fujitsu has also delivered a number of similar courtroom technology projects in the Laganside Court Complex in Belfast and the new Commercial Court in Bow Street, Dublin. Fujitsu is also leading Northern Ireland's Causeway project, which will enable all justice agencies in Northern Ireland electronically share information easily, confidently and efficiently thereby enhancing the overall performance of the criminal justice system.

About Fujitsu Services

Fujitsu Services is a leading European information technology services company. Its business is helping its customers realise the value of information technology through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed service contracts. It serves customers in the private and public sectors across Europe including retail, financial services, healthcare and government. With an annual turnover of £2.56 billion (€3.22 billion), it employs over 21,000 people across 20 countries. Headquartered in London, Fujitsu Services is the European IT services arm of the US$53 billion (€32.9 billion) Fujitsu Group. Visit pt.fujitsu.com or uk.fujitsu.com for more information.

About the Courts Service

The effective operation of the courts system is a critical element of the well being of any society. Courts, by virtue of their role, have a significant impact on lives and welfare. Their effectiveness is therefore of considerable importance. Effectiveness is not influenced solely by the manner in which cases are dealt with by judges in the courtroom environment, but also by the administrative and institutional framework, which exists to support and facilitate the operation of the courts. In Ireland this framework is provided by the Courts Service, which was established on 9 November 1999 following on from the enactment of the Courts Service Act, 1998. The legislation establishing the new Service set out its mains functions as being to: • manage the courts • provide support services for the judges • provide information on the courts system to the public • provide, manage and maintain court buildings, and • provide facilities for users of the courts

Catherine Casey

Phone: Phone: + 353 (0) 1 813 6000
E-mail: E-mail: catherine.casey@ie.fujitsu.com
Company:Fujitsu Services

Date: 27 February, 2005