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Animations and Demonstratives—Lessons From a Murder Trial

Three important lessons for visual aids: (1) Tie animations or other visual aids tightly to the evidence in the case; (2) Use simple visual aids to help jurors understand and track the evidence; and (3) Design visual aids that communicate your themes to the jury.

Judicial opinions, even unpublished ones, can teach us about using animations and demonstratives in court. Today, I’ll review decisions from a murder trial that illustrate three important lessons for visual aids:

(1) Tie animations or other visual aids tightly to the evidence in the case;

(2) Use simple visual aids to help jurors understand and track the evidence; and

(3) Design visual aids that communicate your themes to the jury.

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