Video Depositions Offer You an Advantage at Trial

There is no question that video is a very powerful tool for influencing the opinions and understanding of most people, and that makes a compelling reason for using video as one of your most persuasive pillars for litigation support. More than 55% of all Americans will watch at least one video online every single day, according to a recently conducted survey, which attests to the medium’s domination. Video depositions allow you as a lawyer to serve your clients in a more effective manner, and to increase the chances of a successful outcome in court cases.

The overwhelming popularityof YouTube is a legitimate indicator of the fascination people in this country have for video presentations, and members of any jury are just as likely to be mesmerized by a powerful video deposition as anyone else. With the legal profession adopting video depositions and video presentations more and more as a means of better preparing courtroom testimony, these kinds of video tools are quickly becoming one of the best ways to add depth and persuasiveness to legal cases.

Advantages of video depositions 

There are numerous advantages to using video depositions, as the reasons below make clear, so as a lawyer it behooves you to find a video deposition service which you can use to bolster your case and sway juries.

  • You make it easier for an expert witness to appear who might have a busy schedule, and your expert may charge less for video appearance, since he/she would not be tied up in court all day
  • It allows you to select witnesses much more effectively, based on testimony they provided and how they held up under pressure
  • Mediation presentations can be improved by preparing a highly effective video deposition
  • Judges and juries can be visually engaged by videos so as to maintain their attention and to provide a very persuasive support for your case, rather than simply reading testimony from a transcript
  • Video depositions can provide better understanding to expert consultants, legal staff, and colleagues when video depositions are reviewed prior to the trial
  • Discrepancies in witness testimony can be more easily identified when comparing video deposition statements to courtroom statements
  • Witnesses who are experiencing some kind of illness, or who may have passed away at some point during the trial can have their testimony preserved and used after the fact
  • Video depositions faithfully record witnesses’ body language, emotional responses, tone of voice, physical appearance, facial expressions – everything about their mannerisms which can add to or detract from their credibility as witnesses
  • Poor courtroom etiquette from either attorneys or witnesses can be avoided by having a prepared video deposition, as opposed to spontaneous and possibly questionable courtroom behavior

By preparing a video deposition from any specific witness, you have a better feel for how they might perform under pressure, and this in turn can help you to prepare them much better for actual trial conditions.