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As jurors demand slicker, speedier, sound bite-like presentation of trial evidence, lawyers are hiring visual artists, computer graphic designers, and illustrators to transform piles of documents into light, sound, and images.

While words, paper, and argument are the tools that lawyers are most comfortable employing, jurors expect a courtroom display bordering on entertainment.

Video games, smartphones, and legal TV shows have all fed these expectations.

“Jurors have the expectation of all the whiz-bang gadgetry of ‘CSI Miami’ and want to know why you can’t get a whole case done with less time for commercials,” said Rubin Guttman, a plaintiffs’ personal injury attorney in Cleveland.

The lower cost of technology has fueled greater competition among providers of visual evidence and made such evidence almost a must for any size case.

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