Croke Park Courts Service Setup

Fitting Image AV Sales Ltd. has worked closely with The Courts Service in Ireland since 2007, as well as Croke Park’s GAA Museum since 1998, to provide them with the highest quality AV solutions for their specific needs. 

We carried out an installation for The Courts Service at Croke Park, beginning on 4th January 2021, with a view of going live on 18th January 2021. However, due to the Covid pandemic and government restrictions, The Courts did not return to session until 12th April. Croke Park was deemed a suitable location for pop-up Courts, as it had been largely unused during the onset of the pandemic and also allows for suitable social distancing. The venue has a significant amount of space, parking and catering facilities, all of which made it an ideal location.

The modern courtroom has many complex parts, particularly Video Link, which became a very critical part of the operation since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. Fitting Image has installed and continues to maintain Video Link facilities for many courts around the country since that time. The systems have evolved to full HD and now incorporate hybrid connectivity to allow participants to join from remote locations.

For the pop-up courts in Croke Park, the first court was set up at the Hogan Suite. This setup consisted of a video conferencing Court with 2 large monitors suspended from either side of the judge’s bench at the end of the in-house trusses with cameras mounted below and one monitor suspended from the in-house truss facing the end of the room for the public gallery. The judge and registrar’s bench both had monitors with a camera mounted on the top and a touch panel for control, and 12 monitors were placed in the jury box, one for each member of the jury. Microphones were provided for the judge, registrar, witness, jury foreman, equipment rack position, lectern position and seven counsel members. 

In addition, there were two radio mics which could either be handheld or table stand, as required. Croke Park’s existing PA system was used. A Digital Signal Processor with echo cancellation was provided as part of the Video Link system. As The Courts covered a very large case with multiple defendants, the in-house PA system proved to not be compatible, as this wasn’t designed for the setup that was in place for the courtroom. This was later temporarily replaced by a custom-designed PA system in June. This courtroom was decommissioned 9th August 2021.

The second court was established at the Hogan Mezzanine. This was another video conferencing Court with 2 large monitors mounted on either side of the Judge’s bench on wheeled trolleys with cameras above.  The Judge and Registrar’s bench both had monitors with a camera mounted on the top and a touch panel for control. Microphones were provided for the Judge, Registrar, Witness, Jury Foreman and six Counsel members. Croke Park’s existing PA system was used. A Digital Signal Processor with echo cancellation was provided as part of the video link system. 

The third and final Court was set up at the Hogan Mezzanine. This was an evidence-viewing-only courtroom with 2 large monitors mounted on either side of the Judge’s bench on wheeled trolleys. The Judge and Registrar’s bench both had monitors and a touch panel for control. Microphones were provided for the Judge, Registrar, Witness, Jury Foreman and six Counsel members. Croke Park’s existing PA system was used. Both Courtroom 2 & 3 were decommissioned on 29th July 2021.

The Courts Service in Ireland trust Fitting Image’s expertise to provide reliable AV solutions for the sensitive nature of their work. If you would like more information on our high quality AV solutions, contact Fitting Image today.