The Internet is a storehouse of records, and some of these can be found merely by using a search engine. Attorneys that have been successful in locating assets, for example, may feel that record retrieval should stay in-house, and that record collection services are an unnecessary additional expense. However, experienced lawyers realize that in-house record retrieval does not always save money, and by outsourcing record retrieval, law firms can let their administrative and legal staff focus on case analysis and case strategy instead of haphazardly trying to retrieve records.
The use of technology is ever present in society, and accordingly, the judicial system has followed suit. New technology can streamline the legal process and make it more accessible to people. Video testimonies and live internet streams allow witnesses and lawyers from all over the country to testify in a case.
Technology is increasing everywhere, including in the legal field and when offering testimony at a trial. Attorneys use video depositions when they want key witnesses in front of a court but the witnesses are unable to give live testimony. A video deposition allows an expert witness to present their professional perspective or a fact witness their story. Videos can show all of the nuanced body language and demeanor cues that a written affidavit or deposition transcript alone cannot convey. This effective use of technology serves the courts and the interested parties well.
The most effective arguments to a jury tell a story that resonates. By painting a picture of what happened, attorneys can bring jurors to their side and thus they will view the case from their client’s perspective. Witness testimony and artifacts are important pieces to this puzzle, but imagery is another crucial way to build a successful case.
These days, most legal professionals use some form of technology in the courtroom. But if you haven’t yet used trial graphics to support your legal arguments, you’re missing out on the many benefits that come with presenting images and videos at trial. If you have spent countless hours researching for your case (which is just one of the many roles of a criminal defense attorney) then you want your findings and evidence to be presented in the best possible way. This means that when you display all the things you’ve found in the research, the jury will take the evidence on board much easier than if you were to present it in any other way. If you are a trial lawyer or any other legal professional that is interested in bolstering your cases with the use of technology, take a look at what trial graphics are and how you can start using them in the courtroom.
An article by Denise Montiel, about how using a women’s “positive” gender bias can gain an advantage by using strategic visual communications methods when presenting data to judge or juror.
From Lawyers to Laymen: communication strategies for trial success
By Denise Montiel and Alexander Cianfrocco
Visual communication is more than graphics or data, it is how a unified collaboration using graphical and informational design combine to create a well presented and successful presentation.