Introducing Virtual Reality and Sensory Device Technology Into The Courtroom!
The advancements in technology over the last 20 years or so, has been nothing short of outstanding. The proposition of buying cars which can drive themselves is becoming an actual reality! Pioneers in self-drive cars, Google, is the first of many to roll out this new innovative type of technology to the world. Mobile phones is another good example of technology coming a long way. Remember the days you felt like you were literally carrying a brick around with you! In this day of age, you can take pictures and surf the web making mobiles the new entertainment social hub. The latest bit of technology which everybody is getting excited about is Virtual Reality headsets. These headsets are expected to make an appearance in the courtrooms by 2020!
Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Sensory Devices
Instead of having to fight traffic and drive down to the various courthouse scattered around the country. With this technology, you are able to conduct most of the jury trial from the convenience and familiarity of your office or home. The secure cloud-based VARS service allows users to use any devices such as an Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR or the HTC Vive to communicate. Opposing counsel, judges, the court staff, and witnesses will all be using similar technology.
The beauty of this type of technology is no physical courtroom is needed, and all other participants are engaging in the trial from their choice of location.
Once a jury is selected, the lawyers stand and give their opening statements. They can “walk” around the courtroom, use exhibits and show the jury video on a virtual digital screen. If a lawyer places an objection as to the admissibility of evidence, he or she can swipe their hand in the air to raise their objection. The entire VARS (Virtual Augmented Reality System) trial stops allowing the judge to address the issue. Once done the judge swipes her hand to “go live” and the trial continues.
Jurors are likely to be more interested in participating in the VARS jury trial because they are not required to travel to and from the courthouse, and they are not required to wait around in the hallway until the judge and parties are ready for them (a big problem in the real world).
Sensory Device (SD)
In addition to joining a trial via the VARS trial program, each juror will be given and wear the VARS sensory device which will allow counsel and the judge to “sense” what the jurors are feeling and thinking. With the courts allowing this type of technology you will feel as though you are actually in a court setting.
Jurors simply connect a small device to their body which connects via Bluetooth 5.0 to the VARS trial service. The result is that the perception what the jurors think and feel is substantially higher and much more accurate.
Using the VARS trial program, witnesses can be called from around the world. No longer are they required to miss work, incur expenses and travel to the courthouse to testify.
SD’s are used to give all parties a full understanding as to what the witness is truly communicating via their physical, emotional and other physiological readings. This is an important attribute of making this kind of technology to replace human interaction a success.
Another benefit of the new VARS trial program is that language translation is automatic and instant. During all phases of the trial including jury selection, opening statement, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, and closing arguments; what language everyone speaks is no longer an issue.
No longer are the parties required to bring “evidence” to the courtroom. Pictures, documents, videos and site inspections are now to be brought to the VARS trial with ease.
Anyone on site can share a live 3D video feed into the VARS trial to give everyone a front row seat on the entire manufacturing process. You are able to walk around, pick up and even demo almost anything that needs to be done per the instructions of counsel and the court.
When it comes to jury misconduct, jurors are instructed not to independently investigate or research the case. This has been a rule of court for decades and will continue to be the rule of court for many years to come. The new VARS service doesn’t change this rule, and traditional court orders will continue to apply.
Judgment and Appeal
The VARS system makes it seem as though the panel of jurors are in the same room sitting across a large table from each other. Testimony can be reviewed, and evidence can be held, examined and talked about. Once a final judgment is rendered, the case is concluded.
The VARS appeal process is automatic, and artificial intelligence (AI) will independently review the recorded trial digital audio, video, and sensory transcripts. Errors in procedure and evidence will be found, and options offered to the court and parties.
The new VARS trial program allows the lawyers, court staff and parties to resolve disputes in a more efficient way with the remote access feature. It also permits qualified jurors to participate, wherever they may be located in the world. Time is saved, and court costs are substantially reduced.
The availability of limited courtrooms is no longer an issue. What has become a very inefficient legal system is now an effective and welcome tool allowing everyone to have their day in court and to find justice.
This type of technology can be a real game changer in regards to the functionality of how the courtroom process is conducted.
Roll on 2020!