Jury selection is one of the most important functions of a trial lawyer. One unfavorable juror can ruin a panel and cost you a verdict. This is why it is of utmost importance to have a panel of jurors who are genuinely committed to following the instructions of the court, following the law, and making the decision in a case based on the evidence that is presented to them in the courtroom – and only the evidence that is presented in the courtroom – without allowing outside factors to influence them. It can be difficult to determine who these jurors are, but jury consulting helps discern them.
Jury selection is the only opportunity you have to uncover good and bad jurors, so it’s important to know how to spot them. Jury consulting helps discern the different jurors by preparing questions in advance and further testing those questions in focus groups.