Commitment Effects, Part 2: Does Allowing Juror Discussion Prior to Deliberation Affect Their Decision Making?

In Part 1 of this blog, we discussed whether asking verdict-related questions early in a mock trial can cause a commitment effect in mock jurors, such that they are less likely to change their opinions as more evidence is presented. Now, we’ll extend this idea into “real world” trials, because some venues allow jurors to […]

Commitment Effects: Does Asking Verdict Questions Early Commit Mock Jurors to a Position?

When we design a mock trial – where jurors are read instructions and deliberate to a verdict form – we concentrate on presenting the case facts, witnesses, and evidence in a way that will impact jurors’ story of the case similarly to a “real life” trial.  As such, we typically wait until after jurors hear […]

Confidentiality: A Look at the Best Way to Screen Jurors for a Mock Trial

Screening jurors during recruiting phone calls is, and should be, a top priority for every focus group or mock trial project. When jurors are called to participate in jury research, they complete a rigorous screening process intended to disqualify anyone who has ties to, or special interest in, one of the parties, witnesses, companies, or […]