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THE ADMISSIBILITY OF GRAPHICS AND PRESENTATIONS AS DEMONSTRATIVE AIDS IN CANADIAN COURT PROCEEDINGS

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This article is based in part on the authors' recent experience defending a leading medical device manufacturer in a lengthy class action trial in Toronto, Canada. They appreciate the comments received on a draft of this article from their US colleagues who assisted with the trial, Steven M. Kohn, J. David Bickham, and Gary Jeffrey of Reed Smith's San Francisco office, from Andrew Spingler of The Focal Point, and from Elizabeth Porter, Senior Corporate Attorney, St. Jude Medical, Inc. The authors take sole responsibility for the final content. In this article, they address the following issues: 1. the admissibility and use of graphics and presentations as demonstrative aids, 2. presenting factual evidence using these types of demonstrative aids, 3. presenting expert evidence using these types of demonstrative aids, 4. the use of demonstrative aids in opening argument, and 5. the use of demonstrative aids in closing argument.

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