Influencing the Jury Using and Objecting to Demonstrative Exhibits
Developing a Visual Strategy for Trial, Recognizing Misleading or Inaccurate Exhibits, Proposed Amendments to FRE 611
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will instruct counsel in current best practices for using and objecting to demonstrative exhibits in depositions and at trial. The program will review the necessary foundations for allowing both traditional media and technology-created visuals to be sent out with the jury and when they can be substantive evidence. The panel will discuss concerns about proposed changes to Federal Rule of Evidence 611 that could make it more difficult to use demonstrative aids and exhibits.
- Purposes of demonstrative evidence/aids
- Using demonstratives in depositions
- Using demonstratives at trial
- Foundations for demonstrative evidence
- Document excerpts
- Day-in-the-life video
- Objection strategies
- Adopting opponent's exhibits
- Relevance, probative value
- Changes circumstances/not substantially similar
- Federal Rule of Evidence 611
- Current practice
- Proposed amendments
The panel will discuss these and other pivotal issues:
- What is the difference between an exhibit and visual aid?
- Are demonstratives presumed acceptable unless objected to?
- In what ways can demonstrative exhibits be misleading and what are best strategies for objecting?
- What happens if an exhibit used in depositions becomes inaccurate by the time of trial?
Professor Colin Miller
Professor of Law
University of South Carolina School of Law
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