Expert Witness Testimony & Animations

In 5 Key Tips for Trial: Judges Tell Attorneys What They Do and Don’t Like In Court, attorney Morgan C. Smith writes:

Animations for Re-creations: Don’t Use Them as a Soapbox

The judges all were quite positive about the use of computer-assisted graphics, especially animations—with some caution. I had a chance to talk to Judge Jackson after the event, and she said that when animations turn to argument, they pose a problem. So long as an animation is being used as true demonstrative evidence to highlight an expert’s or witnesses testimony, they are helpful. But when animations cross the line into arguing the case like a closing argument, they’ll never make it in front of the jury.

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