There will be no long pauses and shuffling of paper in Hong Kong's newest courtroom. The $9 million 'technology court' has been designed to optimise gadgetry and minimise paperwork in the judicial process. From outside, the hi-tech court - housed in the High Court building - looks the same as other courts, except for a flat-screen television next to its entrance. Inside are hi-tech gadgets such as plasma televisions, overhead projector screens, computers for lawyers, judges and court reporters, closed-circuit televisions and a video conferencing system. Lawyers will no longer need to pass paper documents to the judge as the document can be viewed on projector screens. When questioning witnesses, lawyers can ask them to pinpoint areas on a diagram on the computer monitor using a pen. Lawyers can also recreate the crime scene using computer animation. 'In cases where there are mountains and mountains of documents, you can simply scan them into a few disks,' said Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang. 'This will make the trial much more efficient and costs could be saved.' It will be used for the first time in a civil case this week when lawyers will use video-conferencing to interview witnesses from Korea and Belgium. Planning for the court began three years ago and the $9 million budget was granted the following year.