Trial Technology Integration (Part 1 in a Series)
Every moment counts when it comes to trial. Generally speaking, lawyers can expect to encounter tedious elements of trial that seem unavoidable and ultimately prolong the process. For instance, the time that it takes to sift through numerous exhibit binders in document intensive cases. The correct planning and use of technology can be the difference of making a long trial a few days shorter. Even in instances of a 1 day trial, efficiency through the use of technology can be a significant advantage for the attorney and the client.
Without the use of technology in document intensive cases, it is not only more demanding of your time, but also a momentum killer during trial. Typically, presenting exhibits electronically eliminates the need to pause and sift through exhibit binders or thumb through pages. This allows you to keep the examination flowing and in control. When a trial exhibit presentation database is built properly, the exhibits are immediately accessible and instantly presented on large displays for the judge, jury and attorneys.
Oftentimes, displaying a trial exhibit requires typing in several characters or numbers to recall. A critical element in creating an efficient trial exhibit presentation database, is adding the ability to recall any exhibit with the fewest number of keystrokes possible. For example, to recall exhibit seven, typically you would type in 007-001 + enter, that’s 8 keystrokes. By removing all leading zeros and also the “1” (referring to page one) from the exhibit number, the number of keystrokes is reduced by over 87 % to 2 keystrokes, being “7 + enter”.
Reducing the number of keystrokes to recall your exhibits reduces the amount of time to display your exhibits, while also improving reliability and greatly reducing the chance for mis-typing exhibit numbers.
There are many ways to shave time off your next trial. Stay up-to-date with the latest from our blog for this series of articles.