Updated: Feb 23
During a trial, hearing, or other legal proceeding, many attorneys seem to overlook the importance and value of using visual aids in the courtroom. Some attorneys may think that visual aids such as PowerPoint presentations, animations, and boards are unnecessary to make their arguments. They may also be concerned—especially if a hearing is scheduled with short notice—that preparing visual aids cuts into valuable time that could be used to prepare arguments and witnesses.
However, using visual aids adds significant value to an attorney’s arguments. At TrialSpectrum, Inc., we know that putting together a PowerPoint presentation or printing large exhibits can seem daunting. We are a full-service litigation consultation and trial technology company and not only prepare visual aids for our clients, but also help them determine which visual aids are most effective for the arguments they would like to make.
Visual Aids Bring a Case to Life
When someone tells a story, it may not always be easy to follow. However, add in some photos, videos, or even a diagram, and suddenly your statements may “click” with your audience. In especially complex matters, such as medical malpractice claims, visual aids often help the jury piece together what happened in the body. For example, explaining the impact that an injury had on a medical malpractice victim can be persuasive, but adding in a video that shows the difficulty the victim has completing daily activities is much more powerful.
Visual Aids Transfer Easily to Remote Proceedings
For much of the past year, many courtroom proceedings have been virtual or remote in nature. Whether your hearing or trial is in a physical courtroom or must be conducted online, the visual aids you prepare will be useful. Photographs, videos, charts, and other such tools are all easy to display with virtual meeting software. At TrialSpectrum, Inc., we are prepared to assist you with both virtual and in-person proceedings.
Individuals Have Different Learning Styles
Judges and jurors all have different learning styles. Some individuals learn by listening, others learn by hands-on experiences, and many learn by observing. Visual aids are appealing to many judges and jurors because they are able to appeal to a variety of learning styles. Visual aids may use sound clips (such as in videos, animations, and other types of presentations) to amplify their impact on the audience.
Visual Aids Help Attorneys Solidify Their Arguments
When attorneys use visual aids in their presentations, they have an opportunity to strengthen their arguments even more. How? Visual aids help attorneys learn new concepts as well. Before taking a certain type of case, an attorney is likely unfamiliar with specific engineering concepts or a complex injury claim. These aids help the attorney gain a full understanding of the facts of the case so that the attorney can make legal arguments that are compelling. When an attorney appears knowledgeable and confident in front of the jury, the jury finds the attorney’s arguments much harder to dismiss.
The Jury Expects It
In today’s legal world, judges and jurors alike often expect some type of visual aid as they observe a legal proceeding. Thanks to an endless number of shows on television that involve legal-themed elements, many individuals may be disappointed if they do not at least get to look at a few pictures during a trial. Managing juror expectations is one of the most important aspects of a good legal argument. At TrialSpectrum, Inc., we can help create powerful visual aids that impress the jury.
To Learn More About Our Services, Contact Us Today
At TrialSpectrum, Inc., we have partnered with law firms throughout the country in a variety of case types. Whether you have a multi-week trial coming up or need assistance with a mediation, we can provide the tools you need to effectively argue your case. To schedule a free consultation with our team to learn about our services, call 800-789-0084 or visit www.trialspectrum.com.