Visual Trial School

Start Time/Date: 8:00 AM Monday, June 26, 2017
End Time/Date: 12:15 PM Wednesday, June 28, 2017
ADDRESS: Great Wolf Lodge
3575 N. US. 31South
CITY: Traverse City, MI 49684

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Visual Trial School 4.0

Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City, MI

Monday, June 26th to Wednesday, June 28th

This year’s course will feature presentations on the following topics: Introduction to Adult Learning and Effective Training, Effective Use of Courtroom Technology and Visual Trial Strategies, ethics, Prosecuting the Vehicular Homicide, a high-tech closing argument demonstration as well as a presentation on using technology in cases involving multiple victims across multiple jurisdictions. This training will, of course, consist mainly of guided lab sessions. We will have two PowerPoint lab groups (Beginner and Intermediate) as before. Attendees will select the group that they wish to be in and are free to switch between groups.

We will have a presentation and lab on the litigation software Sanction by Verdict Systems. This popular litigation software is used by the Department of Justice, the United Nations, and state prosecutors nationwide to organize and present complicated cases to a jury in a non-linear manner. If you choose to install the free demo version of the software prior to the course there will be opportunities for guided instruction on how to use it.

We will also have presentations and labs on the popular screen capture/video redaction software Camtasia and the popular sound redaction tool Audacity.

May 19, 2017.  Registration is online only!


Elected County Prosecutors and Staff**

$150 with overnight accommodations

$60 without overnight accommodations

Municipal/City Attorneys, Law Enforcement & Traffic Safety Personnel

$375 with overnight accommodations

$125 without overnight accommodations

**Overnight night lodging (3 nights if your home or work is 50 miles or more away) and meals (Day 1 & 2-breakfast & lunch, Day 3-Breakfast) are provided to ELECTED COUNTY PROSECUTORS and their employees courtesy of the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council (PACC) Training Fund.  This does not apply to city/municipal prosecutors or law enforcement.  The registration fee listed is discounted to reflect the portion covered by PACC.  This additional fee is to be paid by you or your agency.


Overnight accommodations for single occupancy are included in the tuition and three nights will be direct billed to PAAM, however you will call in your own reservations to Great Wolf Lodge. Please do not call ahead for reservations, details on how to make reservations will be given upon confirmation of registration.


Please see the note below. It includes a list of software that we will be using during the course. Please contact APA Patrick Muscat of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office at

 or 313-224-6643 for any questions about software or course content.

For questions about the registration process, please contact Amy Gronowski of P.A.A.M. at or (517) 334-6060 Extension 800.


Software/Equipment Requirements (please install prior to course)

1.     A laptop that runs PowerPoint-Also bring a mouse for the laptop (a mouse helps with making slides)

2.     Irfanview (free for educational purposes)

3.     Audacity Sound Editor (free for educational purposes)

4.     Windows Movie Maker (see your IT personnel for assistance with this downloading this video redaction tool)

5.     Camtasia Studio (free for 30 days)       

6.     Sanction 4.1 by Verdict Systems (OPTIONAL) (free for 30 days)-You only need to install this if you wish to attend the Sanction Lab (Event 16). Please install less than 30 days prior to 6/2 so the demo will last throughout the whole course.

Macs can run some, but not all of the software listed. You may bring a Mac, but may not be able to use it during all the labs.