Law360, an authoritative publication for the legal industry, explores the implications of VR for jury deliberations. From a courtroom chair, VR can virtually transport a juror to the scene of a crime.
- Although VR is not widely used in jury deliberations, attorneys speculate that it could become an increasingly popular tool for demonstrating the physical environment of crime scenes to jurors.
- Lawyers highlight motor vehicle litigation and violent crime scenes as two of the most obvious types of litigation that could utilize VR.
- The authors note that VR provides "more angles and perspective, was more like the real world, provided better depth overall, and allowed [jurors] to see the surrounding area."
- Attorneys estimate that the courts will want to establish protocols around courtrooms' logistics and setup of VR machines, guaranteeing each VR headset provides the same evidence to each juror, the judge, and the ability to sync the virtual environments during testimony.
- The authors also note that VR software must have the capability to limit the autonomy of jurors within the VR environment to protect judge-ordered limitations on evidence.