Video is fast becoming popular on social media sites but we’ve known for a while that it is also effective in the courtroom. The judge and jury can see the person testifying rather than just reading a transcript making their testimony more effective. It may also be used to prove a witness is lying or at least telling a different version of the story than they told in deposition. This can, and often does, make a difference in the case.
If you want your witness testimony to make an impact, it’s time to hire a legal videographer!
Reasons to Hire a Legal Videographer
Hiring a legal videographer can be the difference in how a case is settled. Here are a few reasons to hire one instead of just providing a transcript.
- Visual is better than written text. It’s more appealing to a jury because they can see the person testifying as if they were in the courtroom.
- If a witness is unavailable during trial, their testimony can still be used as evidence. The challenge for attorneys is that if something material about the case changes, there’s no opportunity to question the witness. Testimony stands as it has been recorded.
- Creates a greater sense of importance for the witness giving a deposition. Without the camera, they may feel more like they’re in an interview than providing testimony.
- Record signing of a will and other documents. All too often families fight over wills or companies fight over fault in claims. A video signing helps everyone understand exactly what happened at the time the documents were signed.
Impeachment of Testimony
Not every case is resolved like it is on television with a confession of guilt or a dramatic testimony. In fact many cases take place over the course of months or years depending on the type of case. That means a lot of time between when a witness provides a deposition and when they testify in court.
If they aren’t telling the same version of the story, they may be caught for impeachment of testimony using the video to prove they’re lying or at least changed the version of the story they told previously.
Video Makes Sense
Legal videography is effective to telling the story of a client. Rather than reading testimony of their daily activities or what happened on the day of the crime in question, they can show and tell their story. Juries love to hear from witnesses instead of, or in addition to, reading the transcript.
Video connects to the judge or jury in ways the written word cannot. Whether it’s simply to record the signing of documents or to re-enact a crime, hiring a legal videographer could help you win your next case.
If you’re in need of a legal videographer in the San Francisco area, contact us today!