Amplifying the Power of Legal Briefs by Adding Video

Transforming Trial Narratives to Enhance Understanding

As the world increasingly embraces interactive and multimedia content, the legal industry finds itself venturing into new territories of innovative communication. This fusion of law and technology is giving rise to an era where legal briefs are not merely read but watched, clicked, and fully experienced. A significant development in this transformation is the integration of video excerpts from depositions into legal briefs, converting traditional text-based documents into more engaging, accessible, and rich media.

Incorporating video excerpts into a brief completely changes the game of evidence presentation. Where pages of text-based arguments once stood, there is now a precise assembly of audio-visual evidence. Legal professionals can now interact with key evidence in the case with a simple click, making their work product more engaging and informative.

Consider the timeless adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In legal communication, an image often holds more persuasive power than a written legal argument. The same principle extends to video content.

The question is always whether or not the record is accurate. And so if you’re doing a video record, and that’s what we’re doing in non stenographic depositions, because the video is the record, It’s gonna be a good one.” 

-Charles Peckham, Member at Peckham Martin, PLLC

Video content offers an increased level of understanding by enabling everyone involved – from judges to clients – to watch the key testimony, thereby providing a more informed assessment of the case. This immersive experience that video integration provides helps avoid misinterpretation or oversight of case-specific information. It also allows the viewer to observe firsthand the tone and emotion of the witness.

One example of this is told from Cory Webster about Kyle Hanagami’s recent copyright case against Epic Games over the alleged use of his choreography work in Fortnite. Here, a side-by-side comparison video of the disputed works proved instrumental in the case and was inserted into the legal briefs using a YouTube video link. Such compelling and practical use of video evidence gave observers – and most importantly the court – a real sense of the similarities between the two works rather than relying on a written description, which could be subjective. The video helped revive his claim, illustrating the power of video-based argumentation effectively.

That’s not to say this approach doesn’t pose challenges. From technical restrictions to compatibility issues, numerous obstacles could hinder this process. Therefore, the task at hand is to streamline the development and distribution of these video-enhanced briefs while ensuring the technology is user-friendly and accessible to all.

In an age where everyone from kids to grandparents is comfortably navigating YouTube videos, there is potential for the legal community to harness the same simplicity to transform litigation briefs into interactive, multimedia files. This change could prove instrumental in how cases are understood, argued, and eventually decided.

As legal proceedings increasingly go digital, adoption of these advancements becomes necessary. This fusion of law and technology marks the dawn of an era where legal briefs are not just read but watched, clicked, and fully experienced. This revolution also has the potential to reshape our engagement and interaction with the legal process—bridging the gap between legal jargon and public understanding.

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