Jury Selection

 

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We pay careful attention to what questions you should ask and how the questions are phrased so that you can maximize the value of voir dire. Whether it is responding to drafts of voir dire questions you send us or through a detailed list of voir dire questions we provide to you, our goal is to arm you with questions that will work in your jurisdiction to identify potential jurors who should be removed through challenges for cause or through peremptory challenges. For more information on voir dire and jury selection, see Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Fourth Edition (2018) and our blog series on Tips for Mastering Group Voir Dire.

Juror Questionnaires

We design supplemental juror questionnaires to provide information on potential jurors outside of voir dire that help you get the most out of your questions.

We work with you in the construction of the questionnaires and the development of summary forms with which to condense potentially voluminous information contained in today’s supplemental juror questionnaires. We can electronically store and analyze the information contained in these questionnaires so you can understand the composition of the trial venire and make smarter choices in exercising your peremptory challenges.

See our issue of Jury Research Update entitled “Getting the Most Out of Jury Questionnaires” and  Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Supplemental Juror Questionnaires for more information.

For those interested in supplemental juror questionnaires from various criminal and civil trials, see  Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Supplemental Juror Questionnaires, our collection of supplemental juror questionnaires, and the extensive collection of these questionnaires found in Appendix IV in the online catalog available to purchasers of Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Fourth Edition (2018).

Juror Internet Assessment

In-house or in connection with our internet search partners, we can analyze the internet footprints of potential jurors, including juror-specific search results, social media activity, posts, blogs, and online databases (e.g., political contributions) to understand how they will view your case.  We also offer the capability to search our case-specific custom databases (e.g., case relevant publicity) developed to meet the needs of your case.  We have conducted internet research on jurors in both pretrial and real-time jury selection settings.  For an example search situation, see our blog post on the topic.

In-Court Jury Selection Assistance

We help you evaluate jurors' opinions, as reflected in what they say and how they say it, and the likely role jurors will play on the jury to increase your effectiveness in exercising your peremptory challenges and in pursuing challenges for cause. We can observe the jurors’ answers and nonverbal communication and suggest both additional questions where needed and how peremptory challenges should be exercised.

 

For Additional Information

For a comprehensive discussion on voir dire and jury selection that covers all the topics listed above and more, see Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Fourth Edition (2018).