Scientists at the University of South Australia are exploring the possibility of using VR headsets in criminal jury trials in court. This is reported by Mashable.

In a recent study, scientists assessed the prospects for virtual inspection of crime scenes. It turned out that the use of VR technology contributed to a more consistent verdict than a standard courtroom slideshow.

As the authors of the study report, when the jury examined the crime using VR technology. For example, they were much better at remembering the correct location of the evidence. So, the jury, who examined the crime scene with the help of photographs, more often supported the disagreement about the verdict of the defendant. At the same time, the group, where the participants used VR technologies, made a verdict almost unanimously.

Australian scientists plan to introduce VR examinations into forensic practice within ten years. For a start, such technologies will be applied by the police and other departments.