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Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” Courtesy of Warner Bros.

New Jersey’s Administrative Office of the Courts is warning prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers to steer clear of using visual aids to make impermissible claims during closing arguments.

PowerPoint slides and other visual aids can’t be used to make an argument visually if the same argument could not be made orally, the administrative office said in its Directive 07-21.

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.

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