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Smart Courts (cont.)
“Technology enhances understanding and retention, and establishes a greater degree of credibility, Winslow said. “There is always some reticence on the part of jurors to accept everything the attorneys or witnesses are saying. If they don’t have to be concerned that something they are hearing is something other than what is [real], it reduces the skepticism in the courtroom.”
“It’s very powerful when the jury can see that instead of having to rely on the witness just jabbering on about it and having this tiny projectile in his hand that they are going to have wait and see afterwards.”
Lawyers do get carried away with technology, making it incumbent on the judge and adverse counsel to call them on it. “The lawyers overuse it,” Lisi said.
Source: Jim Mckay, “Show & Tell,” Government Technology, January, 2005, pp. 20-21.