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Courts Today: Tools of the Litigator's Trade and Changes in the Last Two Decades - Litigation News

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Litigation News

Posted on: Oct 8, 2014

By The Hon. Tim Oakes, Marion Superior Court

I recently found two articles on litigating that are important in terms of what is happening in the Courts today. First, I’m seeing more use of visuals, not only for juries, but for motions practice as well. I believe they are very helpful to the litigator to help focus and plan his argument, and I believe they are helpful for the trier of fact to help keep them focused on what is important. Check out this article for more about trial graphics as a persuasion tool for litigators.

The second article talks about the changes in the practice of law in the last two decades. Digital access and use has driven most of the changes. I see more lawyers walking the hallways with iPads and less with briefcases or paper files. I might selfishly suggest you ignore the part about researching the judge(s). This is a quick read with some good research tools imbedded in the article.

This article was written by The Hon. Tim Oakes, Marion Superior Court. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Litigation Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at


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