Why Your Law Firm Should Start Using Jury Consultants

Posted on: 2 January 2020


If your law firm is growing, it's probably because you've been successful in court. But with success can come more high profile clients and more pressure to continue winning your cases. If your law firm is not using jury consulting services yet, it might be time to look into this valuable tool. Here's how a jury consultant can help increase your chances of success in the courtroom.

You Have a Million Things to Prepare, Let a Jury Consultant Help

The pre-trial process often involves very long hours for most attorneys. You need to make sure you are doing everything you can for your client when you stand up in front of the jury and that involves going over every piece of evidence in detail.

But jury selection also requires a lot of time and research, at least if you want to do it right. If you are a small law firm or even flying solo as a lawyer, you likely won't have enough time to research both the facts of the case and the backgrounds of every potential juror. This could put you at a disadvantage if the other side has a large company or just a large law firm behind it. With a jury consultant, you'll still be quite involved in the selection process but the early legwork will be tackled by someone else so you can stay focused on your client.

Use Your Strikes Carefully

Each lawyer only has so many strikes or times that they can tell the judge that they want a potential juror removed from the pool. If you don't have enough time to research every last possible member, you might start using your strikes at the first sign of trouble. Then, later on, when a juror who could be an even bigger problem for your client shows up, you will be out of strikes and there will be nothing you can do. A jury consultant will go through the entire list of potential jurors in order to identify those that deserve a strike, ensuring no one sneaks in under your radar.

Maximize Your Chances of Success

If you are involved in a high-profile case, all eyes will be on you in the courtroom. Don't let an undesirable juror torpedo everything you've built for yourself so far. You and your client deserve to show up on day one of the trial knowing that you are in good shape for the road ahead. A jury consulting service won't guarantee the verdict you want, but it can at least help turn the odds in your favor if you do your job right.

For more information, contact a jury consulting service in your area.