The use of modern technology in the form of legal video productions has become a popular way for attorneys to give strength and credence to their cases. A legal video can be used at virtually any point throughout a case and can make a massive difference in the minds of those involved in a case. You may be questioning, however, if the use of legal video production is really appropriate for your firm.
To help guide your decision, here are 5 things you may not know about legal video production:
Not Just Video Depositions
You are almost guaranteed to have seen a video deposition throughout your time in the courtroom. Attorneys utilize legal video services along with legal editing services to create strong, relevant testimony from the key people in a case in a way that also gives the visual of non-verbal cues from the person being interviewed. This, however, is not the only use of legal video services. You can also present videos that depict the daily activities and struggles of a victim, provide testimony from plaintiffs that have passed as a result of an incident, or present information that may otherwise have been inadmissible.
The gathering and presentation of evidence can be rather expensive. Providing copies of documents, using specialized equipment, and taking up large amounts of time trying to sway those involved all cost money. A legal video, however, can dramatically cut down on the length of a case and eliminate the need for other equipment and copies of documents, saving your firm and your client a tremendous amount of money.
Some forms of evidence are only appropriate at specific points throughout a trial, or can only be used to demonstrate specific points. Legal trial presentations can be used in every type of case and at virtually every point of the trial. It can also be use to present the same point multiple times, or several different points as you see fit.
The Power of a Story
Being given cold facts may inform a jury or a judge, but it will rarely sway them. What will really make an emotional impact on these people is telling them a compelling story. Let them get to know your client as a person and then show them how the incident or issue has negatively impacted his life. This will touch them in a much deeper way.
Always Hire a Certified Legal Video Specialist (AGCV)
Not all video that is created can be admitted into court. You must ensure that you have legal video in order for it to be used in your case and not thrown out by a judge.
Brian White is a legal videographer and lead consultant for CarolinaLegalVids.com, a full-service video production facility specializing in legal video services. You can rest assured that Brian and his team at CarolinaLegalVids.com will capture all the necessary visuals and deliver an effective video presentation for use during mediation or in court. To learn more on how legal video can help your case – drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 803.487.1364