Voir dire is a glimpse into deliberations, and cases are won and lost at this crucial phase of trial. Trial Methods helps develop, organize and implement voir dire questions to preview how jurors are going to make the key decisions in the case. Jurors harbor biases and prejudices which will shape their case assessments. We empower you to unearth such biases, and make the most intelligent use of your strikes.
SJQ (Supplemental Juror Questionnaire)
Use of a supplemental juror questionnaire leads to a much more efficient and streamlined voir dire. Given the privacy involved, jurors are much more candid and comfortable discussing certain experiences and expressing certain attitudes than they are in open court. Use of the questionnaire identifies key areas for follow up and provides insight into panelists before voir dire commences.
With over 20 years of experience, hundreds of juries selected, and thousands of mock jurors analyzed, Alan Tuerkheimer of Trial Methods can provide case-specific juror profiles. These profiles indicate what constitutes both a good juror and a bad juror for your case. It always helps when picking a jury to start off with a clear sense of the type of juror that will argue your case in deliberations as well as a “must strike” juror.
To provide daily feedback on a trial, Trial Methods will organize and conduct a “shadow jury” consisting of three to six jury-eligible residents from the venue. Shadow jurors will observe trial every day, just like the actual jurors. During lunch and at the end of each trial day, shadow jurors will provide individual feedback through interviews and written questionnaires. Feedback will be synthesized, the trial team debriefed, and key findings incorporated into trial strategy.