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Courtrooms throughout the country are slowly beginning to reopen after being closed for much of the last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although much of the legal community is eager to return to the courtroom and finalize its pending cases, there are reports of backlogs in hundreds of courthouses throughout the country. Now, more than ever, it is important for attorneys to seek a fair settlement on behalf of their clients—otherwise, they may be waiting another year or longer to close their claims.


The discovery phase


As attorneys know, many, many cases are settled during the discovery phase. Exchanging documents, photos, diagrams, video footage, and other pieces of evidence often launches the parties into settlement negotiations. Once the parties “show their cards,” so to speak, it is much more likely that a settlement will be reached.


Many attorneys and law firms wait until a trial date has been set to hire a litigation consultation and trial technology company. However, it is also beneficial to hire a company like TrialSpectrum, Inc. during the discovery phase.


At TrialSpectrum, Inc., our experts can assist your firm with creating a variety of visual aids. We will partner with you to learn about your case, your arguments, and your ultimate goals for your client. Then, we will determine which types of media are best for your audience and would strengthen and solidify your arguments. For example, in a car accident claim, diagrams created to reconstruct an accident are often powerful tools, as they demonstrate how a crash occurred. Animations are useful tools to explain construction defects or health conditions within the body.


When you submit strong visual aids in your discovery responses, your opponent will realize that your arguments in the courtroom will be compelling, which may persuade the opposing side to consider settling. Additionally, it is difficult to refuse to settle at least part of a claim once a party realizes how strong the opponent’s arguments are.


Mediation


Mediation is another method used to facilitate settlements. A highly effective tool, even the most contentious cases often settle during mediation. The assistance of a third-party neutral has proven invaluable in cases of all types and of all sizes.


Many attorneys simply bring their office files and little else with them to mediation. However, although mediation is not as formal a proceeding as a courtroom hearing, it is still worth the effort to thoroughly prepare. At TrialSpectrum, Inc., our team of litigation consultants and trial technology experts are skilled in determining which visual aids may have the largest impact on both the opposing party and the mediator, depending on the facts of the case. With our assistance, your chances of settling your case increase significantly.


Since mediation does not have strict rules that govern the submission of exhibits, we have much more flexibility in the types of visual aids we can create on your behalf. We can edit videos, print exhibit boards, create packets, supply high resolution photographs, and more.


We are available to assist with all types of cases


At TrialSpectrum, Inc., our team has assisted law firms throughout the United States with cases of all types, including antitrust matters, breach of contract, dental malpractice, intellectual property issues, products liability cases, and more. No matter what type of case you have, we can help.


Call today to learn about our services


If you would like to learn more about the services we offer at TrialSpectrum, Inc., give us a call at 1-800-789-0084 or visit www.trialspectrum.com. We would be glad to go over the products and packages we offer with you to tailor our services to your needs.

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Submitting Video Footage in Courtroom Hearings and Trials


Provided that an attorney can overcome any relevant evidentiary hurdles, the use of video footage as an exhibit in court can be a powerful tool that leaves a lasting impression on the judge and jury. Since the pandemic began last year, many jurisdictions have waived some restrictions on submitting video footage in court. At TrialSpectrum, Inc., our team of litigation consultation and trial technology experts are available to determine the best method for submitting video footage in your case.


Make an Impression on the Jury


Security camera footage, dash cam videos, cell phone videos—all can have a significant impact on the jury and its decision, if used properly. Our experienced team of professionals will go over possible video evidence with you and help you determine how and when to use it in your case. Playing a video at just the right time heightens its impact on your audience.


Further, in today’s world, judges and juries often expect some type of video footage, depending on the type of case. For example, in a motor vehicle accident case, a juror may expect to see traffic camera footage, security camera footage from local businesses, and even recordings from video doorbells. Meeting a jury’s expectations has serious advantages when it is time to deliberate.


The Video Itself is Not Enough


Say you have a video that you believe will be an excellent piece of evidence in your case. However, you must also consider the quality of the video itself. Are you able to hear everything clearly in the video, or is the sound muffled? Can you see everything, or is the footage grainy? You may be able to tell what is going on in the video clip, but it must be clear for the judge and jury, or else the value of the video is miniscule.


At TrialSpectrum, Inc., our team of trial technology experts can examine your video footage and edit it as needed to improve its clarity and quality. If you have been limited by the court to certain portions of video footage, we can edit and splice various clips as well.


Our group of professionals will travel to the venue in which your legal proceeding is being conducted to study its lighting, acoustics, Internet access, and general layout to determine the best way to present your video. We may be able to provide screens or monitors to enhance a video’s display, and we also have audio equipment available for rent that ensures the judge and jury hear your video clearly. When you partner with us, you can rest assured that there will be no technological failures on the date of your proceeding, as we are available to set up equipment, play videos, and provide in-person technical support.


Call TrialSpectrum, Inc. Today to Learn More About Our Services


The team members of TrialSpectrum, Inc., have traveled to numerous venues throughout the United States to help law firms with legal proceedings of all types. Whether you have an hour-long hearing or a multi-day trial, we can help you prepare an effective presentation.


To set up a time to discuss your legal proceeding with TrialSpectrum, Inc., call 1-800-789-0084 or visit www.trialspectrum.com today.

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PowerPoint presentations have long been used in the courtroom to deliver important arguments to a judge and jury. Although this technology is not new, many attorneys still struggle to use the software effectively. Without the right tools, even the strongest legal arguments may be lost on the audience.


The Basics: Know Your Screen


The type of screen on which your presentation will be displayed makes a significant difference in its visual clarity. An older pull-down screen in a courtroom may not be as easy to view as a large high-definition monitor. The lighting in the presentation environment also has a large impact on the screen.


At TrialSpectrum, Inc., our team of professionals carefully studies the location of your presentation, whether it is a large courtroom or a small conference room. This allows us to create a PowerPoint presentation that is tailored to the specific environment in which you will be presenting.


Fonts and Colors


The font type and font colors you select for your PowerPoint presentation determine whether your audience is able to read the information you are delivering. For example, did you know that sans serif fonts are usually easier on the eyes? Capitalizing every word in a block of text is also generally ineffective, and many background colors can cause many viewers’ eyes to strain. At TrialSpectrum, Inc., we know the best types of fonts and font colors to use to ensure your audience is able to read text, regardless of their age or visual acuity.


Do Not Read from the Screen


A PowerPoint presentation is a visual aid. A visual aid should support an attorney’s presentation—not be the entire presentation itself. An attorney should use a PowerPoint presentation to drive home important facts and legal arguments. If the attorney simply stands in front of a judge and jury and reads from a slide, the attorney risks these individuals becoming bored and unimpressed.


At TrialSpectrum, Inc., we will work with you to help you use a PowerPoint presentation as a supplemental tool to strengthen your legal arguments. We will help you practice and will provide tips to you to increase the effectiveness of your delivery.


Plan Your Position


Where you stand during a PowerPoint presentation is important. You want to be able to address your audience while tying your statements to the slides that are displayed. Stand too close to your audience and they may focus on you instead of the PowerPoint. If you stand too far away, the audience may become distracted.


The team of professionals at TrialSpectrum, Inc., will help you determine where you should stand to deliver your message effectively. We will also discuss body language and whether you should move about the room at all during your presentation.


A Variety of Visual Elements


One of the greatest advantages of using PowerPoint software is its ability to include a variety of visual elements into a single presentation. Attorneys are able to incorporate photos, audio clips, videos, graphics, animations, and a variety of other pieces of evidence into a single presentation. Because everyone learns information differently, a PowerPoint presentation is an excellent tool to use to ensure the audience understands both the facts of a case and the laws and regulations that may affect them.


Contact TrialSpectrum, Inc. Today to Begin Creating a PowerPoint Presentation


The team of litigation consultants and trial technology experts at TrialSpectrum, Inc., has the tools you need to elevate your legal arguments. We not only create effective PowerPoint presentations, but we also work with you to ensure you are comfortable using the software. We are available the day of your presentation as well to assist with any technological issues you may have. To learn more about our company and the services we offer, call 800-789-0084 or visit www.trialspectrum.com.

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