Making the Most of Trial Graphics

With today’s jurors expectations in our visually stimulated world with movies, TV and video games, it is a challenge for trial lawyers to know when to use graphics and videos in trial and when to avoid overusing them.   Many times it depends on the case, the location of the trial and what appeals to the jurors to best emphasize the key points of evidence in your case.

trial boardSometimes just a good old trial exhibit board on foam core or a flip chart on an easel will work best that the judge may leave up for a while in the courtroom for the jury to see, instead of quick slides or graphics in trial presentation software.   Or many times just being a good storyteller connects best with the jury.

A good mix of persuasive discussion supplemented that with use of visual aids or illustrative evidence is actually recommended to ensure juror’s understanding and retention.   Visual graphics and video clips are invaluable on explaining complex topics, medical procedures, showing timelines, animations or just to reinforce or highlight points of key witness or expert testimony in your case that you want the jury to remember.   It can bring the topic to life as they say “A picture is sometimes worth a thousand words”.

A couple recent articles that discuss using trial graphics most effectively for additional reference are:

A recent short blog in Litigation Insights© by Adam Bloomberg, Managing Director – Visual Communications  provides some tips for trial lawyers on how to balance using the right mix of cutting edge graphics and when to keep it “old school”.    See the website link: http://www.litigationinsights.com/trial-technology/multimedia-in-the-courtroom/

Another excellent article on “Using Trial Graphics to Strengthen Expert Witness Testimony” by Mehjabeen Rahman from The Expert Institure was posted in January 19, 2016.  See this link to read the full article:  https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/using-trial-graphics-strengthen-expert-witness-testimony/

At Litgistix, we can help you create and develop trial graphics and synched video deposition clips.  We have several very creative graphic designers and videographer on staff that can work with you to create dynamic visual graphics that will make that impactful impression that you want for your case.

Trial graphics can be either printed or presented electronically using presentation software such as Sanction, Trial Director or PowerPoint.    By creating a mix of printed and electronic exhibits for trial, it will help keep your costs down and still stimulate juror interest and understanding.

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Trial graphics can be either printed or presented electronically using presentation software such as Sanction, Trial Director or PowerPoint.    By creating a mix of printed and electronic exhibits for trial, it will help keep your costs down and still stimulate juror interest and understanding.