Scene 2: iPads? Tablets? How do they contribute to the courtroom synergy?
What is the impact of using tablets in the courtroom for the: judge, jury, lawyers, and witnesses?
Can the iPad completely replace printed documents? What are the impacts of such an approach?
Can the idea of using an iPad create greater anxiety for a witness who is not computer literate?
Can using an iPad during a hearing create a friendlier environment and a better perception of the justice system?
Can examining the evidence on an iPad influence the judge's or jury's perception?
What is the difference between the use of printed photos versus the use of an iPad to show and display evidence?
Does the quality of the image impact the end result?
Do the resolution, brightness, color filters, different angles or zooming impact the perception of the judge or the jury?
Real case example reported on the impact of the use of an iPad in court:
One lawyer in London, Ont. feels hat the tablet was helpful in securing a noteworthy award for a personal injury client last week.
“I’ve been looking for the opportunity to try it out,” says Daniel Mailer, of Cram & Associates.
He used his iPad last Tuesday while representing a child dog-bite victim. The day before, he called court services to let them know about his plan. The proposal surprised the court staff, but they had a TV screen available the next day to which he could connect his iPad.
In the end, Superior Court Justice Ian Leach awarded $60,000 in general damages, an amount Mailer says is above the normal range of $25,000 to $35,000 for facial scarring from a dog bite. He suspects the “graphic images” displayed through the iPad were helpful to his case.
“I was able to show these rather graphic pictures of the injuries to the client on a big-screen TV,” says Mailer. “The impact was much stronger,” he adds. “I think it was a factor in what the judge decided to do.
Will a witness/lawyer that has to use technology to annotate and/or read documents have an advantage over the participants that are not technology friendly?