SA Court adopts $3m e-evidence system

South Australia's Courts Administration Authority has invested $3 million in technology and courtroom redevelopment that will reduce the length of the infamous Snowtown murder trial by up to 20 per cent.

Central to the new courtroom system is a $1.8 million Courtroom Technology System (CTS) developed in collaboration with EDS at the vendor's solution centre in Adelaide.

The CTS application is a networked electronic evidence display system that provides access to video, audio and data.

State Courts Administrator Bill Cossey said the trial was initially expected to take 12 to 18 months, and would present some 7000 pieces of evidence and 1500 witness statements.

However, with CTS, evidence can be scanned and viewed electronically avoiding the usual practice of manually passing around evidence.

"We can reduce court costs, minimise the length of the trial and make the court proceedings more inclusive for the jury, defendants and public," Cossey said.

The system is controlled by the trial judge's associate with a single touchscreen and features biometric fingerprint login for counsel and the trial judge.

EDS also designed a vulnerable witness room, separate from the main courtroom, which is integrated into the solution.

Three men are standing trial for the murder of 12 people whose bodies were discovered in barrels at a disused bank in Snowtown.

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