Issue Evaluation Research Methodologies

Issue Evaluation Research Methodologies are designed to be utilized early in a case to assist in the discovery process. These methods are useful for cases with complex issues. Issue Evaluation methodologies involve a non-adversarial approach.


 

Community Attitude Survey

Community Attitude Surveys are warranted when: the issues or parties involved in the litigation are high profile; the case issues are unique; juror profiling is desired; and/or to support a venue change motion. Community Attitude Surveys are typically conducted via telephone interviews of jury eligible citizens in the trial venue..

Case Analysis Survey

A Case Analysis Survey determines arbitrators’ or jurors’ attitudes and perceptions regarding key issues specific to ADR or a lawsuit. Case Analysis Surveys aid in structuring discovery around what decision makers want or need to know. This research provides early identication of case strengths and weaknesses..

Focus Group Research

Focus Group research involves a discussion of pertinent case issues to assess fact finders’ reaction to case facts and examines the human dynamics involved in the case. The Focus Group is an informal discussion among the attorney, psychologist, and research participants in which they “lead” the attorney through their questions and comments.

Case Issue Consultation

Magnus’ Litigation Consultants provide insights to the litigator in order to evaluate critical case issues. Case Issue Consultation typically includes document review and “brainstorming” conferences with the attorney.