How to Correctly Manage Exhibits at Trial

By: Ted Brooks

Exhibits are the building blocks of litigation, and if you end up at the short end in the battle of admitted evidence, you lose the trial. Like many sports, coming in second place in trial is not really a good thing. While you may have to play the hand you’ve been dealt, you do have options as to how you manage and present your evidence.
For purposes of this article, we will assume that you have a large volume of documents – although the recommendations and best practices shared may be applied to cases of any size.
Organizing the Data

You may already be onto the idea that finding what you need during trial is fairly important. Setting up a reliable data structure can mean the difference of finding that key document in a hurry, or not finding it at all. This relates to naming and structuring of folders and files. While there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong way, there are definitely good and bad ways for this.

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