January 29, 2015

Make a Difference in the Courtroom with Video Depositions

By: Colleen Jilio-Ryan | Posted in: Deposition

Court RoomVideo has become common and influential in court cases due to the popularity of YouTube. Since videos are easy to produce and store, they provide an efficient way to archive depositions. One of the reasons video can be more useful than a stenographic transcript is that it captures every detail without errors. Video carries more weight to a jury, although video accompanied by text can strengthen a case. The following explains why a video deposition can make a difference in a court case.

Video’s Strongest Uses
There are many advantages to using video in the courtroom, partly because the technology is inexpensive and can be presented easily. The visual aspect is very powerful, especially on a big screen. Litigation writers John H. Mathias, David M. Kroeger and Scott T. Schutte have endorsed video depositions for the following situations:

  • The plaintiff as an admission by a party opponent
  • Documenting key witness who will be unavailable for the trial
  • Reference tool for considering witnesses to use for a trial
  • It allows both teams in a pretrial conference to agree on the evidence
  • Videos can be used for reference at a deposition

Courtroom Advantages
Judges and juries like to see videos, as they convey information quickly. It’s a strong form of evidence if your state allows video depositions. Some lawyers decide to use web conferencing platforms such as WebEx and not potentially unacceptable material captured by a webcam. Here are key reasons why video works in the courtroom, as long as the video and audio are high quality:

  • Videos are favored by the court
  • Footage can be indexed and easily accessed from a laptop
  • Equipment can be set and taken down easily with little disruption
  • Visual images convey body language that is not found in text
  • Videos can be integrated with software packages

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