Catalyst 9: Remember, the court is an audience too

  • Litigation is a channel through which technology, policy, and research can be communicated to decision makers. Craft your legal arguments to create opportunities for expert testimony or affidavits.
  • Keep your message strong, but simple. Create clear graphical representations of key points – a picture, diagram or compelling analogy can capture the imagination of the jury or judge and help them better understand complex technical and legal issues.
  • Make non-lawyer collaborators an integral part of your legal planning team. Make sure that the legal arguments reflect the broader campaign. Seek orders from the court that are both technologically feasible and supportive of your overall cause.
  • Keep abreast of changes in technology, policy, or law during the case. If necessary, reevaluate your argument to ensure it isn’t obsolete on arrival.

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