Timelines: The Jury’s Roadmap to Your Case, by Adam Bloomberg, Director, Visual Communications, Litigation Insights Blog
You and your attorney have worked on this complicated case for months – maybe years. You both know every nuance and the meaning of every exhibit and which witness will say what. To you, it all makes sense but you have had months to learn all about the case.
The jury does not have that luxury – they have to “get it” and absorb all the evidence and testimony from both sides presenting the case. You and your attorney are positive that, if only the jury understands your client’s case, it will return a verdict in your client’s favor.
Some people are more visual than auditory. Would a timeline as part of your trial presentation help the jury understand the details it took you months to piece together? Maybe – read this and then decide whether this tool would indeed work as a jury’s roadmap to navigate the intricacies of your case. -CCE
‘You can’t miss this event!’ your friend exclaims. ’It’s simple. The event is on the left-hand side of the street, two blocks down Lincoln Avenue. You’ll hang a right onto Third, before the gas station. Third is a few miles straight ahead once you exit – when you’re on the freeway, just keep your eyes open for exit 42. Alright, then just continue down Third for a few blocks and hang another right on Lincoln. Don’t forget to grab a bottle of wine, too…. There should be a supermarket near the freeway entrance.’
Confused? Tempted to skip the event and stay home for the evening?
Then consider how a jury must feel when a complicated story gets told in bits and pieces, out of order, and is still expected to find its way to the proper destination (i.e., a verdict for your client). Now include a second attorney who provides a different set of directions altogether!
Timelines, by nature, are often the perfect graphic to solve this problem. They’re the jury’s navigation app. That may be why they’re the most widely used trial graphic of the last 20 years. . . .