Using Video on Direct Examination
Advantages of video for presenting witnesses by video even if they are available to attend the trial: Trial Skills, Direct
A large screen in the courtroom is an effective way to present testimony on direct examination as jurors are comfortable with video. Video changes the pace of trial; makes the trial lawyer's task at trial easier. Methods for making video more useful and interesting: composition of the shot used by the video camera; using two cameras; using visuals in the video; focus of the witness when answering questions; good lighting and avoiding glare; appropriate clothing.
Ed Stein practices in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has regularly taught trial and deposition skills for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Michigan... - complete bio
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