jury selection

When attorneys contact us to consult about choosing a jury, the same questions often pop up. Trial lawyers want to know the kind of jurors they should be looking for. Younger people? Blue collar workers? Men? Women? This type of guessing based on isolated demographic qualities rarely makes sense. Unless you have jury research to back up your belief in demographics, it’s just a waste of time to assume that all people of a certain demographic will think the same way.

There is no perfect jury, and spending your productive time hoping and wishing for one makes zero sense. Instead, it’s important to focus on how to determine who the jurors truly are. You have to understand their beliefs, attitudes and certain personal qualities so you can make make informed and intelligent decisions about which jurors to strike for cause, and which you should eliminate with peremptories.

We’ll give you solid tools for jury selection rather than play a game of demographics guesswork or reliance on “gut feelings” that other consultants often do. When your jury selection is so integral to a verdict in your favor, why leave it up to chance?

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Frequently Asked Questions

We provide a full range of Voir Dire services. We can help draft questions for you; we can draft jury questionnaires and assist with evaluating them; and we can also provide additional outside juror research services prior to and during Voir Dire.
Absolutely. We often assist our clients in court on the day of the Voir Dire.
The key to persuading a judge to permit a questionnaire often hinges on the complexity of the case and the benefits to be served by the questionnaire. If the case is likely to be complex; or require a large jury array; or if the Voir Dire is likely to be lengthy and result in many personal questions for the jurors, a questionnaire may be appropriate. Judges seem often most concerned with whether the use of a questionnaire will speed up or slow down the Voir Dire process. If your opposing counsel also wants to use a questionnaire, this is often helpful for the judge to know as well.
It’s a hard question to answer, because it really varies from case to case. We try to isolate any possible issues likely to affect juror deliberations and and then design Voir Dire to expose biases or attitudes injurious to your client and case. We also want jurors who are truly willing to be fair and collaborate with the other jurors — rather than ones who will attempt to control all of the other jurors. To that end, we look for indications in the question of their ability to work with other people, follow directions and listen.
Definitely. In those jurisdictions where judges conduct most of the Voir Dire, it’s especially important to submit focused and well edited Voir Dire. Often judges resist in asking too many questions, because they want to get the Voir Dire done quickly, but it’s important to develop questions that the judges will ask which will elicit responses demonstrating biases against your client.
As you might suspect, costs vary from case-to-case, largely depending on the complexity of the case and the type of Voir Dire tools you will use (e.g. Voir Dire in open court, questionnaires, etc.), as well as whether you’d like us to actually assist you in court with picking the jury. Contact us and we can discuss your particular case needs.

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