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Prerecorded Videotape Trials
Author(s): James L. McCrystal
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Paper Abstract

The most dynamic use of video recording techniques in the legal profession is to prerecord all testimony so that playing the prerecorded testimony to,the court or jury becomes "the trial." Videotape equipment is used to prerecord the testimony which is then edited by the judge in his chambers -- with his authorities close at hand -- and played for the jury in a logical, uninterrupted sequence. No longer need trials be delayed while counsel argue motions in chambers, nor do trials have to be rescheduled because a doctor, whose testimony is to be taken, is suddenly called into surgery. Nor do counsel have to make vague and uninformed opening statements because they do not know, or are unsure, what the evidence will show. The testimony can be prerecorded at the convenience of the witnesses and counsel. Moreover, the judge does not have to be present during the taping or while the testimony is played for the jury, as he will have seen the tape during his editing session. Where prerecorded trails have been used; they have relieved docket congestion, eliminated trial delay and shortened length of trials. The response from attorneys, litigants and jurors has been very favorable.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 1977
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0108, Optics in Security and Law Enforcement I, (20 September 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955493
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James L. McCrystal, Erie County Common Pleas Court (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0108:
Optics in Security and Law Enforcement I
Charles Freeman; Sol Nudelman; Joseph C. Richmond, Editor(s)

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