Voir Dire, Juror Profiles, Jury Research
Voir dire is your opportunity to get to know the prospective jurors for your case. Quite often, attorneys will use peremptory challenges to de-select jurors based on demographics, or “hunches” based on their intuition. However, research has repeatedly revealed that juror demographics rarely predict verdicts. Instead, juror attitudes and beliefs are most important in determining their decisions. These attitudes are revealed by questioning prospective jurors about their thoughts and experiences during voir dire. An experienced Trial Consultant is capable of assisting you by developing themes and wording for such questioning, and aiding you in assessing the reactions of the members of the panel.
As members of the jury pool provide their responses to voir dire, a Trial Consultant will transcribe the responses to assist you in making cause and peremptory challenges. The consultant will make recommendations for challenges based on the individuals’ responses as well as the expected group dynamics of the to-be-impaneled jury. Once your jury has been impaneled, a trial consultant can provide you with recommendations for opening/closing statements based on the jury composition. Jury selection is one of the most difficult tasks that an attorney performs in trial. At the same time, jury selection can have a significant influence on the outcome of your case. Trial Exhibits’ experienced and skilled consultants can assist you throughout each step of the jury selection process, reducing your burden, and increasing your likelihood of a favorable result.