Your legal counsel has the tough job of presenting your side of the case to the jury and expecting them to understand every bit of legal jargon and details that make up a complicated scenario.
To better help jurors understand the evidence presented at trial, using other methods of explanation instead of simple words, such as visual representations, graphs, and videos, can help strengthen your case and improve the likelihood the jury will understand and sympathize with your case.
Along with visual representations and using demonstrative evidence, other methods are used in court cases to help find out the honest opinions of society in terms of a current trial. Let’s see how questionnaires regarding the specific community can help discover biases that can influence the outcome of cases.
What is a community survey, and why should I use it?
Community survey is a type of poll or questionnaire used to discover how a specific society feels regarding a court case or stance in a case.
Along with community surveys to help discover biases, demonstrative evidence can help provide reliable information on crucial case issues or strategies. Demonstrative evidence in court cases has proven effective when trying to clarify a point, drive home a point, or explain a complicated fact that can be difficult to understand via words alone.
This type of evidence comes in various forms, such as graphs, photographs, video animation, video recordings, diagrams, charts, slideshows, powerpoints, computer graphics, and much more. In modern times, using 3-D technologies can also improve the effectiveness of evidence when used in trials.
Why are community surveys and demonstrative evidence beneficial?
- Community surveys can be an accurate way to determine how people in the geographical area feel about their experience with the court or legal system.
- By identifying any issues that can result in biases during a court case, the legal system can determine if the community has influence over critical cases, laws, or rules.
- Surveys can also help enhance trust in the legal system by providing the general public with an opinion and voice that matters.
- Community surveys help identify issues within the court system, such as unsafe practices, miscarriages of justice, and inefficiencies that cause the court system to be prolonged, delayed, and unsuccessful at solving problems.
- Lastly, community surveys help determine if there has to be a venue change for the court case due to present geographical bias.
- Before using demonstrative evidence, solely trying to make someone understand something via words can be complicated, and people can get lost in the process. Especially when dealing with multiple jurors, everybody learns and analyzes information in different ways, so using a physical representation of your evidence can ensure more people understand your side of the argument.
- Demonstrative evidence helps by strengthening a testimony by helping each juror understand the facts of the case without changing the overall point. Basically, demonstrative evidence supports complicated facts and simplifies them by using a visual aid.
- Furthermore, demonstrative evidence can help emphasize the most critical parts of your testimony. Using physical aids to reinforce the most influential proteins of your argument can ensure these parts stick in the juror’s minds.
- When used in court cases, demonstrative evidence helps illustrate the crime scene and greatly influences how the juror interprets and sees the situation. By allowing the jury to clearly see the scene as real life, they can better make an intelligent decision based on the scenario.
By providing community surveys, the legal system can see the inefficiencies they need to improve, what the people think is wrong with the legal system, and how they can improve their current methods. In addition, using demonstrative evidence in a court case is a smart way to simplify complex information so the jury can understand the point you are trying to make. Combining these two methods can help legal systems optimize their practices to create a more unified and comprehensive court system.