For years, the courtroom has been a place where paper and actual photographs have been key for providing evidence. Technology hasn’t been as prominent in court proceedings as it maybe should be. Especially since technology has grown in leaps and bounds over the last couple of decades. But the use of technology could be changing significantly in the courtroom in the near future. This is excellent news for those lawyers who have been relying on technology in many other areas of their business. Plus, attorneys can sometimes build a stronger case when they have the assistance of technology.
Technology can be used for pre-trial preparation, as well as evidence presented in the courtroom. Attorneys can utilize social media sites to collect evidence about a person for the time around the date or action, in question.
Lawyers can also take advantage of data analytics to see how past court data gives them insights into how their case may go.
During a trial, lawyers can provide more engaging evidence presented to the jury using technology. When technology is used, attorneys can create 3D models or even video presentations. These types of presentations can help the jury better understand exactly what happened.
Small glimpses of technology have been seen in court cases that were held as early as 2012. In the Hoffman v. State trial (Delaware) in that year, the prosecutors used social media to determine the defendant didn’t take substance abuse seriously. The result was the defendant being convicted of manslaughter for driving while intoxicated.
In another 2012 trial, Bradley v. State (Texas), the robbery victim identified the assailants from their Facebook photographs.
It may appear that these are small steps towards the goal of utilizing technology in the courtroom. However, they are steps in the right direction. Especially since using AR, or augmented reality, is the real goal. The use of that type of technology can be a game-changer, especially when it comes to victims’ testimonies.
When AR is used, the person testifying can appear via a hologram. This is more personable than a person on a video screen. Plus, the hologram would allow the jury to see all the more-subtle non-verbal cues that often pop up when a person is testifying.
Technology can easily help make or break a case. Attorneys will need to step up their game by making sure they know how to use all the different technological features that will eventually be used inside a courtroom. Or at least have a member of their legal team in place to take care of all of the technological details during a trial, or even pre-trial.
You shouldn’t expect to see technology popping up in courtrooms everywhere just yet. But know that in the very near future, newer technology can help clients win cases that may have been questionable in the past.
Adding technology to the courtroom doesn’t need to be difficult. Small things here and there can really add up. If you have any questions about how using technology can assist your case, or you simply need to talk about a potential issue you have, contact our office today. We can schedule a consultation to show how we can help.