Civil Litigation:    Process and Procedures               Chapter EighteenThe Electronic Courtroom and Trial Presentation
The Electronic Courtroom      Equipped to             Present videotaped depositions             Present evidence on mo...
Litigation Support Software      Organizes & displays            Evidence            Graphic presentations            ...
The Wired Courtroom      Must determine in advance of trial            Court & judge rules            Wiring, internet ...
AdvancedCourtroomLayoutCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures       © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 074...
Litigation Presentation Programs      Software that provides a comprehensive       approach to presenting            Doc...
Sanction Dual Monitor ModeCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures       © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ ...
Presentation and Trial Graphics      Poorly designed graphics can detract       from the “message,” or even mislead     ...
Electronic Graphic Creation      Must be able to be clearly seen by everyone      Can use graphics programs that offer  ...
Typical Trial GraphicsCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures        © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 074...
Accident Scene GraphicCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures        © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 074...
Benefits of PowerPoint                Can prepares                      Graphics (photos,                 presentations ...
Presentation Tips      Viewability – colors & contrast enhance the       message, not detract from it      Density – use...
SmartDraw      Graphics creation program      Includes            Icons & templates            An intuitive interface ...
Export TabCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures        © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458.         ...
Electronic Trial Presentation Programs      Allow the legal team to            Organize & control the                  ...
Limitations     Must have correct equipment available     Must anticipate technical difficulties            Back-up pro...
Video Viewing      Monitors may be placed around the       courtroom, on carts      A single large screen may be used,  ...
Media Center or Cart      Annotation monitor – permits on-screen notes       with the touch of a finger      Document ca...
Presentation Preparation      Research the courtroom electronic       capacity, meet with court IT staff      Run-throug...
Courthouse IT Staff      Can help make the process easier            Knows the capacity of the courtrooms            Ca...
Electronic Courtroom OverviewCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures        © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River,...
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Chapter 18 eighteen the electronic courtroom and trial presentation

  1. 1. Civil Litigation: Process and Procedures Chapter EighteenThe Electronic Courtroom and Trial Presentation
  2. 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. 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. 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. 5. AdvancedCourtroomLayoutCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 5
  6. 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. 7. Sanction Dual Monitor ModeCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 7
  8. 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. 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. 10. Typical Trial GraphicsCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 10
  11. 11. Accident Scene GraphicCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 11
  12. 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. 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. 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. 15. Export TabCivil Litigation: Process and Procedures © 2009 Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All Rights Reserved.Goldman/Hughes 15
  16. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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