May 22, 2018 Top Story

Court Permits PowerPoint Use During Closing

Counsel may close with summary slides, if accurate

By Josephine M. Bahn

Litigators now have another tool at their disposal during closing arguments. A court approved PowerPoint presentations during the closing arguments as a visual aid that accurately reflects testimony given during the trial. The Superior Court of Pennsylvania explained that in proper cases, PowerPoints help a jury understand the evidence, even if counsel had not previously admitted in evidence the slides themselves.

A court approved the use of PowerPoint presentations during closing arguments

A court approved the use of PowerPoint presentations during closing arguments

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The court concluded the party properly used the slides because they correctly depicted the testimony given during the trial. Lawyers considering closing with this tech presentation should scrutinize the truthfulness and accuracy of the PowerPoint slides contents, advise ABA Section of Litigation leaders.

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