Sound Masking in Legal Environments
Law offices, law enforcement agencies, and courtrooms require a high level of speech privacy to ensure that justice is carried out fairly. Victims and witnesses need to feel comfortable giving statements, while the accused needs to discuss their case with their counsel privately.
A sound masking system from Cambridge Sound Management in legal environments accomplishes both speech privacy and security needs by adding a low-level unobtrusive background sound specifically engineered to protect confidentiality and reduce the intelligibility of speech.
“Since installing sound masking, meetings in our conference room can’t be overheard elsewhere in our office space, and neither can conversations in adjacent offices. I wish I had known about sound masking earlier!”
– Vanya S. Hogen, Partner, Hogen Adams
- Ineffective acoustic treatments can lead to incomplete statements due to lack of privacy and comfort.
- If victims, witnesses, and clients feel that their conversations are not private, they may not give complete statements.
- The rights of the accused can be compromised if conversations are not kept private
- Sidebar meetings, discussions between clients and attorneys, discussions between judge and counsel, and jury deliberations can easily be overheard within the courtroom.
- Unwanted noise from the adjoining corridors can interrupt court proceedings.
- Interview rooms and processing areas have walls built to the ceiling not to the deck, leading to ineffective sound blocking.
- Overhearing statements can pose a threat to both witness and victim safety.