Virtual Reality: Why it Matters for the Legal Industry

Yes, VR sets the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are cool, but what exactly does the tech and gaming movement mean for you and your practice? Can the same technology that is a fun bar game also be used effectively in the court of law?

1. Recreating the Crime Scene

Instead of using the traditional PowerPoint or whiteboard, you can now have people put on virtual reality sets and become immersed in the crime scene, accident, etc. For depositions, lawyers can have jurors put on virtual reality headsets and almost be in the same room as the testimony.
Dr. Caroline Sturdy Collins, of Staffordshire University Center of Archaeology and Forensic and Crime Scene department explains,

“A number of novel, digital non-invasive methods now exist which have the potential to increase search efficiency and accuracy, permit access to difficult and/or dangerous environments, create a more accurate record of buried or concealed evidence, and provide more effective means of resenting evidence in Court.”

2. Blurring Borders

High-profile public trials could be held in the jurisdiction where the alleged crime occurred but jurors in other jurisdictions wearing virtual reality goggles could be deciding the trial. Meeting with clients in long distance locations could become more engaging than traditional video meetings. You can shake somebody’s hand in virtual reality and feel as if you are in the same room as them.

3. Allows Lawyers to Tell Better Stories

A Trial “Streaming Lawyer” in California, Mitch Jackson, describes the shift as:

“…allow[ing] litigation and trial lawyers to tell better stories… for the first time, we will be able to take our audience by the virtual hand and walk them through a crime scene, in real time or recorded, so they understand and appreciate a situation or experience.” He continues, “…imagine how powerful it will be for your potential clients to watch you in real time (or recorded) mediating a case, arbitrating a claim, or giving a closing argument. Lawyers who live stream this VR experience will stand out above all the noise.”

Grade A is committed to bringing you the latest in technology advancements, which is why we’ve teamed up with innovative companies like Kineticorp, an industry leader in advanced accident reconstruction, forensic engineering and visualization, to make sure that our clients within the legal industry are able to use virtual reality as their competitive advantage.

Check out Kineticorp’s podcast discussion about the admissibility of virtual reality in the courtroom.

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