Visuals in the courtroom

In this article, we discuss the impact of legal design in the courtroom and present a four-step plan for transforming legal text into visual information. Discover how legal design can contribute to a more efficient and effective legal experience for all parties involved.
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1. Introduce the parties and (contractual) relationships.

Start with a visual introducing the parties and key contractual relationships. This basic visual can then be built upon as the pleading becomes more complex. The judge gets used to the visual language: parties are consistently shown in the same color.

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2. Structure your argument

Beforehand, work out in outline the structure of the argument. Then create 1 infographic for each main argument. Is there anything in the visual that does not contribute to the argument? Delete.

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3. Place facts in time

Use a timeline to bring chronology and order to the fact complex. Distinguish phases and individual events. Link the phases in time to the other visuals (here using the orange numbered circles).

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4. Refer to productions

Visuals are part of the case file. Make sure visuals are embedded in the litigation file. The information does not just appear out of thin air but can be found in underlying productions. Include references.

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