Chapter 7: Evidence
Evidentiary Considerations for Trial Graphics
This chapter deals with certain practical issues that affect a trial lawyer’s ability to use graphics and other material at trial. Reading it will undoubtedly cause many evidence professors to shudder since it does not contain a single case or statutory citation and because it oversimplifies (some might even argue that it ignores) a massive body of important case law. This is all true. But it is true for two good reasons. First, such an analysis is clearly beyond the scope of this book. Second, and more important, this chapter focuses on principles that are not formally codified but nonetheless have a very real effect on what you can and cannot do in court with graphics and trial technology. As such, you need to be aware of the principals as much as you need to know the section numbers of key provisions of the evidence code.