By Christina Spiesel, Greg Battye, and Neal Feigenson
When animated visual evidence is shown in court, jurors’ previous everyday experience of film, TV, and games animation can affect how they will respond. For example, seeing animations as news and science can give courtroom animations credibility
Specific features of animation that encourage belief might also affect the jury’s perceptions. For example, the flow of images can make it difficult for viewers to attend to the details of any single frame, and the movement itself can enhance lifelikeness.
This chapter draws on insights from a mock trial of ‘the Sydney Bomber Case’. The trial involved a fictional alleged terrorist incident in which a young white man was accused of placing a bomb on a train that exploded after he alighted, killing innocent commuters in the centre of Sydney.
The chapter examines the additional punch that animating the evidence may have. It makes the case that understanding the medium can help all particpants in legal proceedings to better assess the persuasive benefits and judgemental risks, and if necessary, to challenge the evidence.
The chapter is useful for::
- Communications practitioners and creators of digital products used in courts
- Students, teachers, researchers – in Law and Psychology
- Forensic scientists and psychologists
- Practitioners of law and criminal justice
This chapter is in the book Juries, Science and Popular Culture in the Age of Terror
Other related chapters
Other chapters that provide research insights arising from the ‘the Sydney Bomber Case’ are: