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Presenting evidence effectively in a trial will always be full of its challenges, but using state-of-the-art trial presentation technology helps litigators present their cases with confidence.
The LexisNexis team surveyed a wide spectrum of legal professionals – law firm partners, associates, litigation support professionals and librarians – in order to better understand their experiences with presenting trial evidence in general and with trial presentation technology in particular. Their survey found there are five major challenges that need to be overcome:
1. Keeping evidence in order
More than 45 percent of respondents identified this as a major concern. Modern litigation software excels at keeping evidence in order, but many litigation teams do not have the experience in using the organizational features of the software.
2. Keeping the jury and judge engaged
This was the second most prevalent concern in the survey, cited by 43 percent of legal professionals. One of the key reasons for this is that jurors and judges are likely accustomed to television, movies, and the Internet, which deliver high-quality and fast-moving information tailored to their individual interests.
3. Lack of time and/or resources to implement correctly
More than 29 percent of survey respondents indicated they were challenged by the lack of time or resources to properly implement a trial presentation software solution. Ironically, the use of trial presentation software can actually save both time and money in the long run because it reduces the need for manual time-intensive, paper-based alternatives.
4. Issues with the software working correctly
One in five expressed concern about issues with their presentation software working correctly during trials. Litigation teams can minimize this concern by retaining an experienced trial presentation consultant and/or learning the full range of capabilities of the software.
5. Connecting to presentation devices (e.g., projectors)
Roughly 20 percent also identified the challenge of connecting to important devices during presentations. One strategy to address this is to scout the courtroom in advance and find out if you will need to bring your own display equipment (e.g., projector, screens, and/or monitors), or if there are pre-installed courtroom systems to which you will connect.
To download a free white paper based on the results of this survey click here: The Top 5 Trial-Presentation Software Challenges – and How to Overcome Them.
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Attorney Michael Kelleher is a partner at Cogent Legal, an Oakland, Calif.-based firm that develops litigation graphics, provides courtroom technology support and consults on trial strategy to help attorneys prepare and present their cases.
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