The use of storyboards in the courtroom can be a powerful way to present the big picture of a case to the judge or jury. Storyboards are a series of images or graphics used to supplement a verbal presentation of evidence or an argument. They can assist an attorney to highlight the critical points in the argument in an effective and interesting manner that holds the audience’s attention. Effective use of storyboards can also help gain a jury’s empathy in personal injury cases, which can translate into a favorable decision. Here are some key tips for creating and making use of storyboards at trial.
Tips For Creating An Effective Storyboard
When creating storyboards, it is important to have an ultimate goal in mind. The storyboard has to advance the theory of the case and not confuse the audience – should be simple. The storyboard and any animation it directs should be focused on presenting the message in a simple and understandable way. This would include using clear imagery that is not crowded or otherwise distracting.
You can use various techniques to make certain areas of your storyboards stand out in order to highlight a part of the evidence in the case. For example, using a combination of black and white images with color images to focus the audience on a certain section of the storyboard can send a strong message.
It is important to use clear, good quality images that are cropped or enlarged to fit the size of the board or screen used to prepare the storyboards. Using unclear images, or images that are too small can cause the jury to strain to see them, which can be very distracting.
Tips For Using Storyboards At Trial
Make sure that the storyboards follow your argument and help tell your story. This may mean preparing the storyboards at the same time as your argument or changing your storyboards to match your argument. You should also make sure that you practice your argument using your storyboards before relying on them at trial to ensure that your argument is in sync with the visuals presented on the storyboards.
When working with a professional team to create storyboards, it is important to have an idea of the main story that you want to tell in court. If you are confident with the approach you want to take but change your mind once you see the storyboards, the good news is that they can be edited easily compared to animation. However, when working with a professional, storyboards can be a great starting point to help you plan and prepare an animation, which can further enhance your argument.
Contact AWR For Expert Litigation Support
For more information on how you can use storyboards and animation to present your case in court, contact A. William Roberts, Jr. & Associates (AWR). We offer expert trial presentation services including storyboarding, illustrations, animations and more—in addition to full suite of litigation support services to help you stay organized and strengthen your cases. Call today.