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Trial Technology Hot Seat Operators: Are They Worth It?

If you are considering hiring a trial technology company to assist you with an upcoming legal proceeding, you may have heard about “hot seat operators” who are available to attend your hearing or trial with you. These individuals handle the exhibit database, display slideshows, animations, ensuring equipment is set up properly, and numerous other aspects of the technical part of a presentation. Many attorneys are wary of having others attend legal proceedings with them; however, hot seat operators bring significant value and peace of mind to many litigators.

Setting Up and Breaking Down Equipment

Before a pivotal hearing or a high-stakes trial in your client’s case, setting up monitors, audio equipment, and computers can be stressful—especially if you realize you have forgotten a flash drive or a power cord. When you hire a hot seat operator, you no longer have to worry about packing up all of your electronic equipment, transporting it to the courthouse, and setting it up. Once the legal proceeding has concluded, you may simply grab your file and head home (or, realistically, back to the office).

Trial technology experts are able to quickly set up your equipment and test its functions to ensure everything is working properly. Our hot seat operators are equipped with extra power cords, adapters, and other items that may be needed. We arrive at the courthouse in plenty of time to test Wi-Fi connections, adjust monitor brightness, and evaluate the acoustics of the courtroom. You may spend this extra time preparing for your hearing and meeting with your client.

Directing the Presentation

Trial attorneys have many tasks to juggle in the courtroom. They must watch the jury, study witnesses, anticipate responses, and prepare exhibits. When these attorneys have to walk back and forth to their computers during a proceeding, it can be distracting for both the attorney and for the jury. By hiring a hot seat operator, these attorneys may focus on their arguments while the trial technology expert seamlessly presents documents, photographs, videos, and other exhibits to the courtroom.

At TrialSpectrum, Inc., our trial technology experts meet with you well in advance of your proceeding to ensure your presentation goes smoothly. We will coordinate the timing of displaying exhibits with you to maximize the impact your arguments have on the jury. Using our litigation consultants, we will determine which arguments you should make as certain visual aids are displayed.

Easy Access to Exhibits

No matter how much you prepare for your hearing or trial, you know that the unexpected can happen. If you need to change an argument at the last minute, bring an exhibit back up for display, or alter what needs to be said during your closing arguments, our hot seat operators can quickly access the item you want and display it while you make your arguments. There will be no fumbling through large files to find what you need—our trial technology experts can digitize your client’s file and index it for easy reference. Quickly pulling up photos and documents to support your statements will drive your message home to the jury.

At TrialSpectrum, Inc., our goal is to provide you with cutting edge trial technology services so that you may obtain the best results possible for your clients. With our help, you will be confident and calm as you make your arguments.

Call Today to Learn More

If you would like to learn more about the array of services we offer at TrialSpectrum, Inc., give us a call at 1-800-789-0084 or visit We offer many different packages to fit your unique needs and budget. We have partnered with law firms throughout the country in many types of cases and have boosted their success.

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