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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 […]