Visual Trial School-Detroit

Start Time/Date: 12:30 PM Wednesday, November 15, 2017
End Time/Date: 1:00 PM Friday, November 17, 2017
ADDRESS: Double Tree- Fort Shelby
525 W. Lafayette Blvd
CITY: Detroit, MI 48226

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Visual Trial School-Motor City Edition

DoubleTree Hotel - Fort Shelby

Detroit, MI

Wednesday, November 15th to Friday, November 17th, 2017

Come join us in the Motor City for your next Visual Trial School. This course will feature presentations on the following topics: computer and cell phone forensic analysis, call detail record analysis, persuasion, courtroom technology, the visual trial, ethics, and prosecuting vehicular homicides. There will also be a high-tech closing argument demonstration.  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.

November 1, 2017.  Registration is online only!


Elected County Prosecutors and Staff**

$60 with overnight accommodations (11/15 & 11/16)

$60 without overnight accommodations (includes meals)

Municipal/City Attorneys, Law Enforcement & Traffic Safety Personnel

$325 with overnight accommodations (11/15 & 11/16)

$125 without overnight accommodations (includes meals)

**Overnight night lodging (2 nights if your home or work-whichever is closer, is 50 miles or more away) and meals (Day 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 two nights will be direct billed to PAAM. Please do not call ahead for reservations, as a rooming list will be provided to the hotel by PAAM based on your selection at registration. Remember your home or work (whichever location is closest to training) must be 50 miles or more away from the training location in order to be eligible for PAAM to cover the costs.


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 PAAM 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.