A Lawyer’s Perspective on Court Testimony when Technology is Part of a Case

GPS Tracking Technology

The progressive nature of smaller and smaller technology has led to an increase in criminal cases that have electronic tracking involved. You will probably be familiar with cases that have involved defendants being tracked using GPS, or law enforcement agencies using cell phone signals to aid location.  However, when it comes to testifying, police officers are not qualified to talk about how electronic tracking works – so who should testify?  And additionally, is any testimony of the lay witness variety or should it be classed as expert testimony?

For guidance, it’s worth looking at a recent case.  In the State versus Jackson (2013) there was some relevance to GPS tracking.  The case concerned the sexual assault on a lady by a man who was wearing a GPS ankle tag.  The ankle tag was a requirement due to his involvement in a pre-trial for un-related charges.  During the trial for the sexual assault the guy in charge of electronic monitoring showed himself up to not really know what he was doing, with little to no understanding of the technology involved.  The fact that the court of law decided to approve this testimony instead of speaking with a qualified technical expert is very important.

Generally speaking, and use of technology in a court room can be difficult – mainly due to the fact that the technology can change so rapidly.  Technology is constantly advancing and the law can sometimes struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of change. In my view it needs to be addressed, as on many occasions I’ve seen jurors who know more about the tech involved than the deciding judge which can’t be right surely?

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Examples When Office Workers Can Use Personal Injury Solicitors

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Personal injuries sustained at places of work are typically associated with careers that deal with hard labor or heavy duty machinery.  Injuries that occur within normal working environments are usually costly or uncomfortable to the victims, although they are usually less severe therefore less publicized.  Injured people could be entitled to file third party suits if they were responsible for the injuries that they sustained.

Injuries that stem from an incident within office jobs can affect the mental and physical well-being of the victim. Some examples of injuries caused by standing or sitting for extended periods in office environment are Carpal Tunnel syndrome and also a multitude of back problems.  Stress, which is an ailment affecting the mind is one of the most common illnesses that occur within the office setting.

Stress can make medical physicians request a worker to be placed on medical leave of absence – just like victims of physical injury. Stressed workers can ask for medical benefits or worker’s compensation.

It is unfortunate that most of the people who take leave from their employments due to stress are considered to be ineligible for medical benefit or compensation programs.  This is mostly when the company program does not include stress as part of personal injury benefits or when the stress level is not severe enough. In such instances, it is beneficial for injured parties to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Office injuries that cause permanent handicap to victims are few and far between thankfully – unlike those that occur at manufacturing or construction industries – but they are still covered under personal injury law.

There are permanent injuries such as spinal or Carpal Tunnel injuries that occur in office settings but most victims do not realize that personal injury law also provides them entitlement to compensation for pain and suffering.  Those who get personal injuries when working at an office should seek help from qualified personal injury solicitors as they might be able to win them some compensation.

Most personal injury solicitors pursuing third party lawsuits base them on negligence of other employees or contractors on site. Such instances in office settings could be for example; leaving top drawers of filling cabinets open along busy corridors or failing to place visible warning signs for things like wet floors.  Office workers who sustain injuries from such instances give victims an entitlement to sue.

Office job injuries may be uncommon but are still entitled to third party lawsuits. However, most of the funds handed to victims as compensation or benefits are barely enough to cover bills during the time spent away from work.

The right thing for victims to do is to contact an experienced personal injury solicitor to help decide if a party is entitled to additional funds through third party lawsuits and chances of success that the suit has.

The solicitor of lawyer that you choose will determine the fate of you third party suit when representing you in court. It is therefore important to do a thorough search so as to find a personal injury solicitor who has lots of experience and also a good track record with personal injury cases.

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How to Become a UK Personal Injury Lawyer

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Author’s Note: I recently became a personal injury lawyer and thought some of you might find this interesting.  This is the route I took to qualification.  There are other ways in which you can become qualified, but generally speaking this is the most common and popular route if you want to find employment.

A person can suffer from personal injury at any time. It can occur due to an accident in his home, on the road, or even at home. These injuries occur because of several reasons. Negligence by a surgeon during the course of an operation can cause such injuries. Even a faulty machine in the hospital can result in such injuries. One cannot avoid the fact that road traffic accidents also occur every day. While some of them results in death, others cause permanent disability to the individual.

That’s why hiring a reputable personal injury lawyer is the best way to claim and get compensation from the person responsible for the accident. These solicitors charge contingency fees (no win no fee) from their clients… typically a percentage of the compensation money awarded by the court. There is a huge demand in the UK and London for such solicitors. However, an individual needs to have certain qualifications to earn the right to join the ranks of the best personal injury lawyers in London.

The Educational Process & Qualifications Needed

Acquiring a law degree is the best way to qualify to practice as a lawyer in the UK. However, this does imply that those who have acquired a degree in some other educational stream, such as science or commerce, cannot qualify as a solicitor. In such a situation, the individual will need to complete the common professional examination or a graduate diploma in law. The SRA qualified lawyers transfer scheme regulations allows qualified lawyers from a different country to carry on their practice in UK.

Before you apply for a law degree, you should ensure that you have a strong academic record. This will help you to beat the fierce competition for such a degree. You can opt for a full time course or even pursue the course online. You can search the websites of different universities to find out the type of courses they provide. If you stay in a small town, and do not have the cash required to stay in a hostel, then you should enrol in a university that offers online law courses.

It takes less than a year to complete a full time educational programme. However, if you opt for a part time educational programme then it will take around two years to complete it. Overseas candidate should have a good knowledge of English. Apart from that, they should also be conversant with English legal system. Candidates interested in becoming a personal injury solicitor should secure 40% marks in all subjects.

The Personal Injury Lawyer Degree

The solicitor degree, awarded to successful students, has a validity of seven years, which is renewable by completing refresher exams successfully. Even those who do not have any degree can become a solicitor. However, they have to complete examinations that are academically challenging and require a lot of time to complete as well. Everyone interested in becoming such a solicitor has to complete the LPC. This is necessary for those who want to qualify as a solicitor in UK. It also helps them to develop skills required for working in a solicitor’s firm. Once you complete the course, you have to work in a solicitor’s firm as a trainee solicitor. This can take up to two years. However, those who have legal experience can complete it in eighteen months.

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