Mock jurors are hired for these pretend trials which can take place either in-person or online. This depends on the requirements and needs of the law firm. In-person mock trials are usually held in a conference room with comfortable chairs and snacks and even beverages, in a location requested by the law firm.
Recruitment of individuals for a mock jury begins with ads posted on the Resolution panel web site and in local papers, online ads on various sites like craigslist, and on Resolution's Facebook page, websites, etc. Each applicant must complete a screening questionnaire. The Resolution Research project manager for the mock jury will then determine from each completed screener if the person meets the criteria set by the law firm. Pay for being a participant on a mock jury varies and depends on the length of time required to be present and participate.
People from a wide variety of educational, financial, and social backgrounds are screened prior to being accepted, not only by the project manager, but by the law firm as well. They will approve or disapprove each potential juror, just like regular jury selection is done. Attorneys are very interested in a potential juror's life experiences and personal attitudes and biases that may affect how he or she reacts to the case.
Once the mock jury is selected, they are scheduled to report to a location selected to hold the mock trial. Rehearsing arguments and reviewing details while watching the mock jury's reactions identifies where improvements need to be made. Being a mock juror requires confidentiality too. The case being discussed may never make it to trial but you may need to sign a non-disclosure form agreeing to not discuss it.
- Resolution Research spoke with two of our mock jurors who participated in a previous mock trial. Geoff saw the ad posted by Resolution Research for mock jury participants and applied. Geoff commented that his favorite part of the whole process was "thought provoking" and liked being able to have a "window into the jury system."
Michael heard about the ad from a friend. "Hearing the other jurors perspectives on the case" was Michael's favorite part and "the food was good!" Both Geoff and Michael agreed that "it was fun" and an "enjoyable experience." Both men said they would definitely be a mock juror again.
There are different methods used in observing the process of how a mock jury deliberates and processes information to ultimately arrive at a decision. These include: observing the mock jury in real-time using closed circuit TV or one-way mirrors or using a video-tape with a video transcript.
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