Videotaped evidence, in the form of recorded depositions and site inspections, has become a standard part of every litigators’ toolbox. It’s hard to find an attorney who hasn’t had to record the testimony of an important witness who, for whatever reason, could not appear at trial. In fact, many courtrooms now incorporate television screens or projectors to facilitate the use of videos during trials and hearings.
The value of legal videography goes far beyond the standard “unavailable witness.” Sometimes pre-recorded testimony simply exceeds the utility of live testimony. Videotaping the depositions of expert witnesses can afford numerous advantages over having them appear on the witness stand.
1.Objections on complex, technical legal matters can be ruled on before the evidence is presented to the jury. This preserves the flow of the narrative you are trying to communicate through your questioning.
2.Judges will not have to instruct jurors to disregard evidence offered impermissibly.
3.Scheduling problems (commonly encountered with doctors and other experts with time commitments) disappear, allowing you to establish a logical progression of evidence.
4.By videotaping experts in their offices or homes, you are more likely to produce a relaxed, confident, and credibility-enhancing presentation.
Why Legal Videography is a Courtroom Game Changer
Video presentations can provide unparalleled clarity in the presentation of certain forms of evidence. Jurors often say that “exhibits are seen in more detail when viewed on videotape.” This makes video an excellent choice for attorneys who supplement their testimony with demonstratives like anatomical models or photographs.
Of course, these benefits are not limited to experts; they apply to any testimony taken via video. In a word, the judicious use of legal videography provides control: control over how you make your case and tell your clients’ story.
Videotaped evidence – whether of witness testimony, accident scenes or wrecked cars – communicates with your audience using a universal language. One recent study by the Nielsen Company found that adults in the U.S. spend an average of 10 hours and 39 minutes consuming media on various screens, with 4 ½ of those hours devoted to watching television shows and movies. More than ever before, Americans are accustomed to absorbing information through video based multimedia.
Judges and juries alike are spending hours every day training themselves to soak up and emotionally identify with stories told via picture and video. No wonder one judge remarked that forcing juries to sit through dry recitations of written transcripts should count as “an act of contributory somnolence.”
The most successful lawyers have always known how to use every tool at their disposal; give Orange Legal a call, and see what our team of experienced legal videographers can add to your toolbox today!