Walking into the courtroom, you will encounter a jury compiled of people from different backgrounds, education levels and ages. As such, you will have the task of presenting your case in a manner that will reach each person in a very precise and understandable way. This information will be new, for the most part, to each jury member and you need a way to streamline the whole process. By using the tools associated with trial presentation, you will ensure that each juror will be focused on the issue at hand and create an atmosphere conducive to presenting a wide range of information.
While a jury notebook does serve its purpose, at times it can also be very distracting. Imagine every juror flipping through their notebook to find a particular document that you are trying to discuss or present. This not only takes time but also causes the person to be distracted while they search and look around or wait on others to catch up.
With all your exhibits digitized and loaded into a trial computer, each document is easily presented within a matter of seconds. This alone will help streamline the entire process and ensure that every juror is focused on the correct document at the same time. No more waiting or trying to help a juror find the correct document.
The correct exhibit is now on the big screen for the courtroom to view. You want to focus in on one paragraph at a time maybe. With the document digitized, you now have the ability to instruct the trial technician to zoom into a cut-out of any portion of the page, which can even also be highlighted. Now you are ready to scroll thru the document paragraph by paragraph. This not only is a great tool for display purposes, but by making the process interactive, it will also capture the jury's attention and help them to recall the information more readily at a later time. This is an excellent tool for showing photographs and zooming in on certain portions of the picture, too.
Need a more powerful process to impeach a witness? Instead of just reading a Q & A section from a transcript, have the trial technician preclip the Q & A to have it ready to show in case the witness changes their testimony. Now the jury and the witness will be able to see and follow along with the original testimony; therefore, creating a greater and more profound impact. To take it a step further: if the deposition was videotaped, then have it synced with the transcript. Using this method, you can create a video clip with scrolling text for the Q & A section that will be used for impeachment.