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Legal animations, also referred to as courtroom animations or trial animations, are the most powerful tool utilized in the courtroom to portray an event. They are the optimal exhibit to support verbal testimony, expert data and opinions, and other evidence. High quality animation can make it easy to show the court and jury exactly what happened during an incident – whether that is an automobile accident, pedestrian accident, environmental or industrial situation, medical, aviation, slip and fall case, and so much more. There are countless studies that show how the attention span of an average person is anywhere between eight to twelve seconds, and this is actually decreasing as the majority of the population becomes more reliant on media devices like phones and tablets. This presents a major challenge to professionals in the legal industry whose primary job is to present a narrative that is strongly supported by facts and evidence to a group of jurors. It becomes especially challenging if the context of a case is complex with concepts that are difficult to understand.
In order to make it easier for a jury to comprehend the facts of a case it’s important to guide them with high quality images and other visuals. A vivid animation that is well thought out, accurate, clean and aesthetically pleasing will hold the interest of the jury for the duration of a presentation, and they’re more likely to retain the information until it’s time for them to come to a verdict. The idea behind courtroom animation is to clarify and enhance the point that the legal team is trying to make so that it is communicated without room for misunderstanding.
Courtroom animation may not be a perfect fit for every type of case, but there are certain situations in which it will be extremely beneficial. These include:
- Visually depicting crimes
- Simplifying a complex scientific process, like how a sinkhole develops
- Recreating accidents, such as an automobile collision or pedestrian accident
- Showcasing a sequence of events
- Showing the moving parts of a piece of equipment or machinery
- Exploring a specific scenario from different angles
- Creating alternative scenarios, such as “Right way, wrong way” scenarios
Using animation can also allow a legal team to speed up or slow down time, which is helpful for the jury as they observe and pay attention to details that might not be clear to the naked eye. An example would be showing how little time a driver would have to react, both and real time and in super slow-motion.
Computer generated evidence like animation is becoming more and more common in courtrooms around the country and is used in a wide range of cases ranging from car accidents to medical malpractice to murder. Similar to charts and diagrams that have been used for many years, animation is simply the evolution of graphics used during a trial. To be admissible in court, animation must meet specific requirements, be based on established facts and be extremely accurate. Trial judges will take the time to evaluate all animations and any objections to them before they decide whether they meet the standards of being admitted into a trial. As a result, there is no guarantee that a jury will be shown an animation, even if it has already been created for trial.
At Courtroom Animation we’re proud to share that we have a 99% admittance rate in more than 1,600 cases, and we’ve helped secure more than $600 million in favorable verdicts and settlements for our clients. If you are curious as to whether courtroom animation would be beneficial in a specific case, then please don’t hesitate to connect with our team. We would be happy to go over the details and make a custom recommendation that we think will be successful based on your needs. We also encourage you to inquire about our services and which option would be best suited for a specific case. We’d be happy to share more information about what we offer, our results, share recent client testimonials with you and help you and your legal team in crafting the perfect animation or trial graphics to support your argument(s). You can also take some time to explore some of our work on our website to get a better understanding of the different services that we offer. We invite you to follow along on our blog for more insight and helpful information about courtroom animation or connect with us on social media for more real-time updates!