The Trial Presentation Companion
A Step-by-Step Guide to Presenting Electronic Evidence in the Courtroom
Shannon Bales, Trial Services Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Forensic and Litigation Consulting Segment, has just published The Trial Presentation Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Presenting Electronic Evidence in the Courtroom. The book is the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s (NITA’s) first-ever, comprehensive “how-to” manual on running electronic evidence in the courtroom.
This guide will help clients and their firms expand their comfort zone in working with all the bits and pieces―laptops, trial presentation software, document cameras, audio-visual components, the puzzling array of cords and cables―that are increasingly essential when presenting electronic evidence in court in the modern era. Checklists and guides are included to help firms create a technology plan for trial and recognize where opposing firms might be attempting less-than-reputable technical tactics like burden shifting to throw a monkey wrench in their trial plans. For the Judiciary, the book presents a “warts-and-all” view of trial technology and discusses reasonable presentation obligations by firms to the court and how the court can insure more efficient technological processes and less problems in the courtroom.
Part One, Trial Presentation in Theory, is a theoretical explanation, in plain (and often tongue-in-cheek) English, about why expert trial technologists do what they do during pretrial and in court―how to organize and name exhibit files, choose the best software for their needs, build a trial kit of equipment to take to court, comply with the Trial Management Order, develop an effective workflow, cultivate relationships that provide mutual support in court and out, and much more. Also included are ready-to-use forms and checklists for download for help in minding case details.
Part Two, Trial Presentation in Practice, shows step-by-illustrated step how to bring that same game to a client's own legal team as they prepare for trial. Even if firms don’t know an HDMI port from a VGA and have never set up a folder system on a server before, The Trial Presentation Companion will show you how, and before you know it, you’ll be running the show. This book is suitable for everyone from Judges and law firm partners and associates to law students, budding trial technologists and paralegals.