Courtroom Animation Processes: Scientific Or Fictitious?

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How important is The Scientific Process to Making a Courtroom Animation?

Courtroom animation is a product of the intervention of science and technology in the field of law. Little wonder do some refer to it as legal animation or forensic animation.

1. Stating the problem

Scientific methods are used only when there has been a visible problem. Therefore, the courtroom animator must recognize the problem in the case. For instance, in a product liability case, the problem would be determining the cause of the injury to the victim. It could be a malfunction of the products. There is also the possibility that the injury occurred because of the victim’s negligence of the case. Thus, the problem would be clearly defining the cause and the mindset behind the act or omission of the defendant.

2. Forming the hypothesis

The hypothesis is a crucial aspect of the scientific method. Bailey (2019) in her article, Scientific Method, explained that a hypothesis is defined as “an idea that is suggested as an explanation for a natural event, a particular experience, or a specific condition that can be tested through definable experimentation.” Therefore, the hypothesis of the forensic animator can be that a road accident was caused by reckless driving. The rest of the scientific process has to be followed to ascertain this idea.

3. Collecting the data by observing and experimenting

This stage is essential because this is where every minute detail is considered. All the clues discovered at the crime scene are taken advantage of. In addition to that, expert opinions, police reports, medical reports, observation of bystanders, the age of the accused, and many other factors are used in determining the cause of the act or omission.

4. Interpreting the data

After the data has been collected, the forensic animator must interpret the data correctly using the pattern detected from all of the data collected. Interpreting data takes expertise and experience. There are also forensic programs through which the data can be run.

5. Drawing conclusions with courtroom animation

After interpreting the data, a definite conclusion will be reached. This will either affirm or deny your hypothesis. If it refutes the hypothesis, then the scientific process would have to begin all over again.

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