Friday, January 6, 2012

Judges Need to Anticipate a Prospective Juror Wanting to Take Notes on Tablet or Laptop

There is the old phrase "to be forewarned is to be forearmed." One of these days a juror is going to ask to use a tablet or laptop computer to take notes during trial. For you, the judge, to "just say no" is not going to be enough.  The juror, one of the TRIERS OF FACT, will wonder why the attorneys, judge and court reporter can use a computer but they cannot.  Some schools no longer teach cursive writing.  Most teens can "text" faster than they can hand-write.

It's important to consider this possibility before it happens in court.

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