As technology has changed, so has ways people executed their jobs. For example, the way that attorneys have presented their cases including their exhibits have changed. Now, we see court rooms either equipped with monitors, sound systems, etc, or that the judges allow the counsel to bring in their own equipment. Using technology during trial is a more efficient way to prove your case and to disprove the opposing counsel’s case. I would like to discuss some technologies used before and during the trial.
During Voir Dire; Jury Selection, I use two apps on my trusty, good for all occasions Ipad. These apps are called JuryPad and IJuror. These apps have two purposes. First to help map and select a jury, and to also help monitor and take notes of the jury during trial as well.
Now the setup that I use includes the following (what I use is specific to the needs of the specific trial and its exhibits). However, I have boxes of VGA cables of all sizes, 2x 60” television sets, 4x 19” monitors, 1x 23” inch monitor, a few video switch boxes, an ELMO (document projector/camera), a 3d projector, a small and a large projection screen, sound system and a smart pad and smart board. For most trials I just set up the following: 1 video splitter at the Defense table (We are a Defense firm) that is connected to every screen except the large tv, the reason I will get to in a minute. At the Defense and Plaintiff tables I have one 19” monitor, I also have a 19” monitor at the judge’s bench. I also have a “kill switch,” which is another video switch box. I have the box connected to the main switch box, and to the 60” television in which I use for the jury. There is an on and off switch on the box. The judge makes the decision if the jury can see the presented piece of evidence. On the witness stand I use a 23” monitor so the witness can see the evidence as well.
For trial presentation I use Trial Director. Trial Director is an extensive and feature rich application that will allow me to manipulate pictures, depositions and even video depositions. I can use clips of video depositions or even if something is objected and stricken I can, on the fly easily edit it out. With deposition transcripts I can even call out lines to make them bigger, etc. You can do a lot with Trial Director.
Finally another thing you need to keep is an emergency how-to list. What this is a list of things that can go wrong with the technology and a quick resolution for the issue at hand. Also, keep backups, just incase things do go awry. There are other ways to present your trial too. I am currently looking into going wireless and using wireless monitors, tv, etc for tidiness. I will keep everyone posted on changes in my technology presentation.