Technology for the Legal Profession

Technology for the Legal Profession

All high profile lawyers in the legal profession know that taking a case to trial and winning depends almost 100 percent on their presentation of the facts they’ve collected. It is no longer a courtroom of noisy lawyers waving discriminating photos high in the air, shocking jurors with vivid images of the state’s exhibits A to Z. Electronic courtrooms exists in nearly every jurisdiction, allowing jurors, attorneys and judges to view all documents from desktop computers.


Cross Examination: Science and Techniques

Presentation by PowerPoint and Keynote

In the legal profession, top lawyers are able to greatly reduce their courtroom time by taking advantage of applications now available for courtroom presentations. By using presentation software programs, such as PowerPoint and Keynotes, attorneys are able to abandon the old-fashioned way of presenting evidence and case exhibits.

In cases where lawyers once took time presenting exhibits by holding up photos and evidence, they had to rely on jurors to connect the memory of the exhibit with verbal testimony. These instances are now replaced with visual tools that keep the juror focused on the evidence at the same time they listen to the testimony.

The Case for PowerPoint??

PowerPoint, based on the concept of the slide projector, was created in the early 1990’s. It may be the turning point to changing the way a lawyer is able to present his case before a judge or jury. Lawyers, as well as businessmen, have found this program a great way to prepare for court.

In 2003, Steve Jobs introduced Keynotes, and this presentation software soon became a worthy tool for lawyers. With Keynotes, attorneys have the added option of remote operations. In this manner, attorneys can control their documents and slides with other devices, such as iPhones and iPads.

How Lawyers Use Technology in Their Cases

The use of technology in the courtroom has greatly improved courtroom trial time. Lawyers that enter the profession fresh from passing the bar are bringing this new knowledge with them, surpassing attorneys that have had to learn new technology as it is introduced. Top lawyers in Singapore use such technology.

By improving the way a lawyer communicates with the jury, he or she increases the possibility of a winning decision. As lawyers learn new ways to use new technology, they have to learn new ways to keep the interest of the jury. Computer screens showing collected evidence presented by one lawyer can easily be upstaged by the computer savvy opposing attorney. With colorful graphics and visuals of same evidence, highlighting and deleting what was or was not crucial from their point of view.

Applications for Evidence Editing

Applications for editing and setting up video exhibits help attorneys prepare for trial in less time than ever before. Top notch lawyers that take advantage of the available technology have found more time open for taking on more cases. Trial time is greatly shortened by presenting the case with having prepared the case ahead of time with these applications.

Lawyers can organize and highlight their trial notes and documents right on their laptops or iPads. Courtrooms that are up to date with universal use projectors and displays make it easy to present the most crucial image evidence to the jury. Image applications for trial presentation may come with ‘white boards’, which make it possible to project your on-the-spot highlights and remarks as you make them.

Technology Experts in the Courtroom

Lawyers that take full advantage of technology in their cases may hire technology experts. It is not uncommon for computer glitches to happen, and being prepared for equipment failure is part of using technology to the fullest. Again, the presentation is the most important part of most cases, and not having prepared for problems may negatively influence the verdict.

Lawyers know that in most cases, their client’s life may depend on making sure every point of their case is presented. It is crucial that judges and jurors understand what each piece of documentation means to the outcome. Top lawyers have found that making the most of this technology will make the difference for their clients.

Tech-savvy legal consultant Andrew Greene blogs for accidentclaims.org where you can get help filing an injury claim.

2 Responses to “Technology for the Legal Profession”

  1. Well even though I’m not from legal profession but still I could understand every thing written in this article as it was written in simple language. ya, technology is penetrating in each dimensions of life & its very crucial for businesses to be aware of it & take advantage of it to survive in competition.

  2. Morgan says:

    Hi Amy!

    This is a really great analysis of the legal profession. Lawyers have always been sort of on top of learning new technologies in order to prove their point. I think with using Power Point to present a slideshow of their presentation could really come in handy.

    I wonder though, do certain court rooms disallow certain types of technology? Because if you think about it, some lawyers could go so far as to put in false images or video just to prove their point and sway the jury. Or do you think that wouldn’t happen?

    I’m just curious as it’s a fascinating topic and hadn’t much considered how lawyers really use technology or how it’s evolving.

    Thanks for the post!

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