NACDL - Theater and Film Techniques, Persuasion and Courtroom Choreography

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Theater and Film Techniques, Persuasion and Courtroom Choreography

Defense attorneys should find an emotional center and connection in the material that allows them to believe in everything they say in front of a jury. While attorneys should not “act” in the courtroom, their courtroom presentations can be enhanced through the use of stage and film techniques. Keith Belzer discusses, among other things, “claiming the space” in front of the jury and using spatial dynamics to demonstrate the time, space, and relationships involved in the defendant’s case.