Discover how 3D Data and 360° imaging transforms courtrooms

Attorneys can’t do their jobs well without the proper data to support their arguments. 3D laser scanning and 360° imaging helps attorneys deliver compelling courtroom presentations that help jurors reach impartial decisions.
Attorney Guide

Re-creating a scene as accurately and as realistically as possible is what 3D forensic technology brings to an attorney’s toolkit. Unlike traditional 2D diagrams, whiteboard easels and static 2D photographs, 3D laser scanning and 360°imaging can help members of the jury feel like they’ve returned to the scene of a crime. That authenticity helps advance an immersive, visually compelling report each side will use to progress their case.

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  • The benefits of adopting 3D scanning/360-degree reality capture for enhanced courtroom presentations and improved outcomes
  • How to leverage 3D technology and 360-degree photography in documentation and pre-trial communication
  • The ways in which digital documentation enables enhanced information sharing, pre-trial preparation, and improved communication between/among all parties
  • How 3D deliverables have been validated and proven admissible in court and how the data supports the resulting case law
  • The FARO® tools available to aid in trial preparation

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Case Study

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How 3D Technology and 360° Photography Improves Courtroom Presentations

Forensic 3D technology and 360° photography bring significant value to attorneys in the courtroom. Attorneys use that data to create compelling courtroom presentations that help judges and juries reach fair, unbiased decisions.


  • 1. Leverage 3D tech and 360° photography on-scene and pre-trial
     Attorney Infographic 1.1  Today: Spend hours collecting, sharing and organizing a confusing mix of analog and digital data — case packets of printed reports, physical photos, hard copies of paperwork, or perhaps, a DVD of photos — siloed across multiple locations. Perform tedious manual calculations to provide an accurate analysis of the data collected on scene.  
    Attorney Infographic 1

    With 3D Tools:

    Quickly and seamlessly organize, share and evaluate all relevant crime-scene data captured from a FARO® Focus Laser Scanner and/or a handheld laser scanner and use that data to create compelling courtroom presentations that provide virtual “walkthroughs” of a scene. Use sophisticated, court validated tools in FARO Zone to more easily analyze, summarize and present key points.

    Build a stronger case, faster, using scan data to gain a first-hand perspective without having to physically return to a scene or ask law enforcement to do the same. Close cases with greater speed, freeing up more time to take on new clients so that they can have their day in court too.


  • 2. Create compelling courtroom presentations with the most sophisticated software
     Attorney Infographic 2.1


    Hand draw (or print) simplistic 2D diagrams and use whiteboard easels or projectors to present your case, often with far less detail and realism than modern technology can achieve. Arrange static 2D photographs that can't be updated in real-time if new evidence or data comes to light.

    Attorney Infographic 2

    With 3D Tools:

    Enjoy the ability to prove/disprove new theories as they are presented, by leveraging software that enables you to return to the scene virtually.

    Combined with the capacity to capture 360-degree photos organized by location and time creating a digital progress record of time spent on-scene, eliminate the risks associated with working with older, less able software over time, while projecting a sense of technological confidence — and clarity — to the jury.

  • 3. Deliver compelling courtroom presentations with cinematic-like quality.
     Attorney Infographic 3.1  Today:

    — Traditional 2D diagrams, whiteboard easels and static 2D photographs fail to give modern jurors and judges the complete sense of being at the scene and an immersive awareness of what took place. The information can also be cumbersome to handle and organize, less engaging, and in a worst-case scenario, a subtle signal that the prosecution or defense is not versed in the latest 3D technology.


    Attorney Infographic 3

    With 3D Tools:

    Show the spatial relationship of people, items of evidence, and overall scene layout in a firsthand perspective that helps build a stronger case and use that scan data to obtain additional measurements in real-time as new data is presented or becomes relevant in the trial.


  • 4. Use 3D tech and 360° imaging to transport judge and jury to the scene
     Attorney Infographic 4.1 


    Flawed or difficult to understand information presented in the time allotted can undermine a judge or jury's decision and the quality of legal system results.

    Attorney Infographic 4

    With 3D Tools:

    Create remarkable 3D visualizations of real-world objects and environments. Ideal for generating compelling presentations, producing accurate 2D and 3D diagrams, animating crashes in seconds, and analyzing the scene with confidence using the independently validated tools for bullet trajectory and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis.

    Help judges and juries render effective judgments with information that is clear and precise while expanding the scope and acceptance of the technologies' use, impressing/convincing would-be skeptics.

  • 5. Validate and prove courtroom admissibility
     Attorney Infographic 5.1  Today:

    Acquiring new on-scene data after the fact can be time-consuming and difficult. Physical evidence, not collected soon after the incident, will degrade rapidly and be unrecoverable if not captured the first time with a dedicated manual effort.


    Attorney Infographic 5

    With 3D Tools:

    After receiving scan data, attorneys can request the completion of specific court deliverables, which assist in proving the case. If necessary, scan data can also be used to obtain additional measurements in real-time as new data is presented or becomes relevant in a trial.


Download the full guide to learn more about 3D technology and see real-life examples of how agencies have used these solutions to improve the accuracy and speed of their crime scene investigations leading to better courtroom presentations and outcomes.

I tell young lawyers that what we do is a show. It’s for an audience of 12. And you have 45-minute chunks of time to get it right if you’re lucky. I think FARO technology does an excellent job at keeping the jury engaged and much more so than standard photographs.
Ryan Williams

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