Until recent years, the legal profession hasn't been known as early adopters of technology. Recent changes in the economy have changed the market's perspective to invest in AV technology that aids communication while cutting travel costs. A survey by The American Lawyer magazine also reveals that 60 percent of firms said the primary use of videoconferencing technology was communications with U.S. offices and 21 percent said it was contacting overseas offices.
According to the 2008 American Bar Association Legal Technology Survey Report, almost half of the responding law firms said their technology budget increased in 2007 despite a challenging economy. More law firms are seeing that an investment in technology has a positive influence on collaboration and communication. AV technology has also contributed to the areas of digital court reporting, virtual arraignments and videotaped depositions, as well as assisted listening systems and control systems for courtrooms. AV technology helps to bring efficiency, add convenience and preserve the security of legal proceedings. Presentation technology such as document cameras and LCDs, coupled with digital evidence, combine for a strong presence in the courtroom.