Crime and investigation movies could look different in the near future. According to a study made by Staffordshire University, virtual reality technology could be adapted to recreate crime scenes for juries. The researchers claim that VR can “take” jurors to virtual crime scenes and help solve crimes easier. So far, Staffordshire Police said it was “a concept” that could become significant.
Associate Prof of Forensics, Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls, said: “What we want to do is to come up with the best solution that helps the criminal justice system – help the police in their detection and recording of crime and then to help jurors in court to understand those crimes better that they ever did before.” The way this would work is jurors would put on the HMD and then be toured around the crime scene by a barrister.
Simon Tweats, head of justice services at Staffordshire Police, said it could make a significant difference with regard to how evidence was presented and “bring to life” complex scenes. He added:
“Doing that in a way that is far easier for juries to understand and appreciate – which can only be be good for everybody, for prosecution and defence.”
There are people who are still skeptical about VR used in courtrooms, like Jason Holt, a barrister at Steven Solicitors. He believes that new tech and courts do not do hand in hand very well but is very curios to see ho much of an impact VR will have as opposed to the good old DVD and video cameras.
It will be interesting to see how VR will change the way a jury uses evidence to debate. The Vive hmd now costs about £700, but Staffordshire Police said is affordable, so, good for them, we hope to see if this tech will have a impact forensic and judicial institutes.
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