A court building in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward started using tablet computers on Tuesday in an effort to make it easier for members of the public to check the day’s trial information.

An official of the Tokyo High Court, which operates the building, said it was the first such switch to digital displays of trial information in the country.

The building also hosts the Tokyo District Court and the Intellectual Property High Court, attracting some 10,000 visitors a day.

The tablets include information such as the names of cases and defendants as well as the starting times for the trials.

A total of 18 tablets enable users to search for detailed trial information. The introduction of the tablets cost about ¥3.9 million, the official said.

The building has regularly drawn long lines of visitors seeking to check the paper listings, the official said.

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