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Northern District of Texas

Barbara M.G. Lynn, Chief Judge
Karen Mitchell, Clerk of Court

Electronic Courtrooms

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The U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas has installed a number of electronic courtrooms in the Dallas and Fort Worth divisions designed to streamline the litigation process through the use of electronic evidence presentation systems while preserving the fairness and dignity of the proceedings. The evidence presentation system allows counsel to present evidence electronically and allows jurors to view evidence up close. It is strongly recommended that VGA compatible devices such as laptops with VGA output are used for evidence presentation unless a courtroom is designated as Digital.  Interpretation equipment is available and assistive listening systems are available for the hearing impaired.


  • The court recommends that all persons planning to use the equipment schedule training at least 24 hours before the trial begins.
  • To schedule training, first contact the courtroom deputy.  Courtroom deputies in Dallas may then ask you to contact IT personnel (Paul Hertel at 214-753-2226). Courtroom deputies in Fort Worth may then ask you to contact Brian Rebecek at 817-850-6613.  The courtroom deputy must be aware of your scheduled training time to ensure the courtroom is available and to alert security that you will be training in the courtroom.
  • If you plan to use a laptop or require any other auxiliary equipment (DVD, CD, VHS) during the trial please bring them to your training session.  Remote audio or video services must be approved by the presiding judge in advance of the trial.
  • Arrive early on the day of trial to set up laptop(s), document camera, etc.

Available Courtroom Equipment and Documentation (Revised April, 2018) 

Chief Judge Lynn (Dallas) Senior Judge Fish (Dallas) Magistrate Judge Ramirez (Dallas)
Judge Fitzwater (Dallas) Senior Judge Cummings (Lubbock) Magistrate Judge Cureton (Fort Worth)
Judge McBryde (Fort Worth) Senior Judge Means (Fort Worth) Magistrate Judge Toliver (Dallas)
Judge Lindsay (Dallas) Visting Judge 1st Floor (Amarillo) Magistrate Judge Frost (Abilene / San Angelo)
Judge Godbey (Dallas) Visting Judge 2nd Floor (Amarillo) Magistrate Judge Horan (Dallas)
Judge Kinkeade (Dallas)   Magistrate Judge Ray (Wichita Falls)
Judge Boyle (Dallas)   Magistrate Judge Bryant (Lubbock)
Judge O'Connor (Fort Worth)   Magistrate Judge Reno (Amarillo)
Judge Scholer (Dallas)   Magistrate Judge Rutherford (Dallas)
Visiting Judge (Wichita Falls)   District Court Hearing Room (Lubbock)