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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.

Trial Graphics / Exhibit Boards

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.

Considering selection of an eDiscovery software platform or upgrading to a better one for your case or your entire law firm to use? There are numerous in-house, vendor outsourced or cloud-based software solutions both for e-discovery processing and document review in the current litigation support marketplace to choose from.

A recent article on Legaltech© News provides some useful questions for a law firm to ask to help select the solution that best meets your needs. In Buying a New E-Discovery Platform? 8 Questions You Need to Ask First, the author (Zach Warren) interviews two prominent e-discovery attorneys: Gareth Evans of Gibson Dunn and John Rosenthal of Winston & Strawn, to get their input on the questions firms should ask themselves before investing in an eDiscovery platform or consider cloud-based solutions from a vendor. See the website link to read the full article:

http://www.legaltechnews.com/id=1202746790142/Buying-a-New-EDiscovery-Platform-8-Questions-You-Need-to-Ask-First
The article is more from the perspective of a firm looking to invest in an in-house e-discovery solution. The key points to consider are:

As an alternative or even to complement current in-house software, cloud-based solutions are becoming much more prevalent and capable of handling more complex e-discovery processing beyond just basic hosting. So, also see a recent article in the Bloomberg BNA article 2016 – The Year of Cloud-Based E-Discovery? (written by Daniel Garrie and Yoav M. Griver of Zeichner, Ellman & Krause – see https://bol.bna.com/2016-the-year-of-cloud-based-e-discovery/), where the authors note that “cloud-based computing will become more fully enmeshed in the e-discovery marketplace”.Cloud

So it is becoming easier to find a cloud-based solution that meets the needs of the firm or on a specific case at a much more economical cost than a solution in-house. Cloud-based solutions offered by vendors can be more case-specific and billable vs. the fixed on-going costs of in-house software. Plus you have dedicated vendor support and typically stronger overall data security required by the vendor for the cloud software.