The Human Side of Tech in the Courtroom

July 12, 2006

Andy Seldon’s Do’s and Don’ts of High-Tech Trial Presentations in Law Technology News (July 6) is especially useful because it doesn’t just concentrate on presenting technlogy … it focuses on common mistakes and suggests best practices so you can comfortably and professionally work with tech available to you in the courtroom.

Andy makes 10 well founded points. It would behoove you to read this article and absorb these points.

The 10 points are:

– Failing to learn and exploit technology.

– Incompatibility.

– Objectionable evidence.

– Going solo.

– Unprepared witnesses.

– Muddy waters.

– Overusing technology.

– No backup plan.

– Failing to make the necessary arrangements with court staff and checking the local rules.

– Not matching the technology to the case.

Andy Seldon is an attorney and is the director of information services for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, based in Minneapolis.

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