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Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation
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  • 1. Civil Litigation: Process and Procedures Chapter EighteenThe Electronic Courtroom and Trial Presentation
  • 2. The Electronic Courtroom  Equipped to  Present videotaped depositions  Present evidence on monitors  Jury  Judge  Counsel tables  Court support personnel  SpectatorsCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 2
  • 3. Litigation Support Software  Organizes & displays  Evidence  Graphic presentations  Simulations or reenactmentsCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 3
  • 4. The Wired Courtroom  Must determine in advance of trial  Court & judge rules  Wiring, internet access & equipment already available  Placement of mics, location of operator  Compatibility of courtroom equipment with legal team’s software  Procedures for bringing outside equipment into the courtroomCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 4
  • 5. AdvancedCourtroomLayoutCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 5
  • 6. Litigation Presentation Programs  Software that provides a comprehensive approach to presenting  Documents  Photographs  Graphic images  Video presentations  Recorded depositions  Databases, most using WindowsCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 6
  • 7. Sanction Dual Monitor ModeCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 7
  • 8. Presentation and Trial Graphics  Poorly designed graphics can detract from the “message,” or even mislead  Presentation programs are flexible and can prepare slide shows or hard copy  Graphics & photographs  Video & audio clips  Animation & sound effects  Data chartsCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 8
  • 9. Electronic Graphic Creation  Must be able to be clearly seen by everyone  Can use graphics programs that offer templates for common trial graphics  Can be used in the courtroom to create professional-looking material “on the fly”  Can keep back-up on a laptop in case display boards or posters are delayed or damagedCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 9
  • 10. Typical Trial GraphicsCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 10
  • 11. Accident Scene GraphicCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 11
  • 12. Benefits of PowerPoint  Can prepares  Graphics (photos, presentations in charts, clipart) are different formats easily incorporated  Tutorials are available with “drag & drop” online and help within mouse clicking the program  Sounds & animation A variety of templates &  may add interest content slides are available  Compatible with Office SuiteCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures  © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 12
  • 13. Presentation Tips  Viewability – colors & contrast enhance the message, not detract from it  Density – use of bullets & phrases instead of paragraphs  Sounds – should not be startling, but rather subtly create interest  Stand aside – be sure not to block the screen  Imagery – graphics can enhance text, clarify a conceptCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 13
  • 14. SmartDraw  Graphics creation program  Includes  Icons & templates  An intuitive interface  Predesigned legal situation graphics  “Drop & drag” click insertion  Graphics can be exported to a variety of other programs, e.g., PowerPoint or WordCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 14
  • 15. Export TabCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 15
  • 16. Electronic Trial Presentation Programs  Allow the legal team to  Organize & control the  Documentary evidence  Depositions  Photographs and other data  Display transcript & video simultaneously  The team must be aware of the types of native formats supported by the presentation programCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 16
  • 17. Limitations  Must have correct equipment available  Must anticipate technical difficulties  Back-up programs  Hard copies of vital evidence  Can be very expensive, and may not be justified in a cost/benefit analysis  If new or different equipment is required  If experts must be consultedCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 17
  • 18. Video Viewing  Monitors may be placed around the courtroom, on carts  A single large screen may be used, requiring a projector  Individual monitors may be installed between every other juror  Size & proximity must be taken into account when preparing graphicsCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 18
  • 19. Media Center or Cart  Annotation monitor – permits on-screen notes with the touch of a finger  Document camera – displays a live image of documentary or 3-dimensional evidence, with zoom capacity  Infrared headphones – assisted listening device  Laptop port – at the counsel tables  Interpreter box – permits translations from an interpreter  VCR & dual cassette player – permits audio & visual playbackCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 19
  • 20. Presentation Preparation  Research the courtroom electronic capacity, meet with court IT staff  Run-through with attorney  Practice in courtroom, if possible  Have backup equipment, files, cables  Use a separate operator, often the paralegal  Be sure to have the necessary passwordsCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 20
  • 21. Courthouse IT Staff  Can help make the process easier  Knows the capacity of the courtrooms  Can solve problems in a run-through  May be helpful in getting equipment through security  May even be able to “pre-clear” it  Can help with emergency repairs, replacements (bulbs, bad monitors, etc.)Civil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 21
  • 22. Electronic Courtroom OverviewCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 22

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