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Jury Evidence Recording System (JERS)

INTRODUCTION
The U.S. District Court for the District of Montana uses the digital Jury Evidence Recording System (JERS) to allow evidence admitted at trial to be viewed via touchscreen monitor by the jury during deliberations.  JERS reduces the need to handle physical evidence while allowing the jury to view evidence multiple times, play audio and video recordings, and zoom in on pictures and documents. JERS is NOT designed to present evidence in the courtroom.
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SUBMITTING EXHIBITS TO THE COURT
Counsel must submit all proposed exhibits to the clerk’s office on a DVD, CD, or USB drive (“device”) within the time prescribed by the judge’s scheduling order or no later than the Wednesday before trial.  The device must be labeled with the case title, case number and the name of the party for whom the exhibits are submitted.  Each of the files contained on the device must be saved using the naming convention identified below, and in the orientation (portrait or landscape) to ensure the greatest ease of viewing. During trial, parties must provide hard copies and physical exhibits to the courtroom deputy.  All admitted hard copy and physical exhibits will be  provided to the jury during deliberations.
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ACCEPTABLE FILE TYPES
∙    Documents: .pdf
∙    Images: .pdj, .jpeg., bmp., .tif, .gif
∙    Video and Audio Recordings: .avi, .mpg, .mp3, .mp4, .wav., .wma, .wmv
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REQUIRED NAMING CONVENTIONS
Exhibit files must be named using the following format:
    exhibit no._exhibit description.file extension
Exhibits consisting of multiple smaller files must be named using the following format:
    exhibit no.-exhibit subpart_exhibit description.file extension
Examples:
    1-a_photo of store from east view.jpeg
    1-b_photo of store from west view.jpeg
    2_camera footage.wmv
    3_contract.pdf
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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Exhibits must be marked with exhibit numbers on the lower right hand corner of the document.
File names and descriptions will display on the exhibit list provided for jury deliberation.  They must be accurate and not argumentative.
File names must not contain single or double quotation marks, en dash (-) or em dash (--).