Voir Dire Services

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Voir Dire Services

Voir Dire Services

Voir Dire Services are provided to prepare the litigator for this critical stage in the trial process. Varying levels of services are available, from the full involvement of a highly seasoned consultant at trial, to Magnus’ assistance in developing the most effective voir dire questions. Workshops and other educational programs are also offered to enhance the litigator’s voir dire skills.

Jury Selection

Magnus’ highly trained experts are available to assist with efficient and effective voir dire consultation to maximize the chances of empaneling the most favorable group of jurors. Magnus will incorporate all prior research that has been conducted into this critical phase of litigation.

Juror Profiling

Using the data from a Community Attitude Survey, Magnus’ Juror Profiling service provides a statistical means by which to make juror selection decisions. Through computerized statistical analysis of the responses of jury eligible citizens in the trial venue, profiles of persons likely to be favorably, or unfavorably, predisposed to the case at hand are developed. Voir dire questions are structured to reveal jurors who fit profiles of plaintiff oriented and defense oriented jurors.

Development of Voir Dire Questions

Magnus prepares case specific voir dire questions based on the Consultant’s review of pertinent case documents and communications with the trial attorney. Voir dire questions are designed to elicit maximum information from the venire. The questions are prepared based on variables which social science research, and our experience, have shown to correlate with verdict.

Supplemental Juror Questionnaire

Supplemental Juror Questionnaires (SJQs) are utilized during the voir dire process when the case involves sensitive or high profile issues and permit prospective jurors to reveal personal experiences and attitudes privately. These written questionnaires provide more honest responses than public statements made in open court. Magnus prepares SJQs based on the Consultant’s review of pertinent case documents and communications with the trial attorney. When pre-trial research has been conducted, Magnus designs the SJQ, incorporating the results from all of the phases of research, to elicit the maximum amount of information from the venire.

Reviewing and evaluating Supplemental Juror Questionnaires at trial is very intense. Critical decisions on challenges for cause, preemptory challenges, and follow up oral questioning must be made under considerable time pressure. Magnus’ assistance in this process involves one or more Litigation Consultants and/or Research Associates to review completed juror questionnaires. The Litigation Consultant(s) then works with the trial team to make the most effective decisions about selection or deselection of venire members.

Voir Dire Workshop

Magnus’ Voir Dire Workshop is an intensive learning experience for the trial attorney. The attorney provides a pending case to Magnus to review and prepare voir dire questions. Subsequently, a workshop is arranged during which the attorney conducts a voir dire of jury eligible citizens. Immediate feedback by one of Magnus’ consultants is provided to the attorney, via side-bar type discussions, to facilitate the attorney’s understanding of ways to hone his or her skills. This service can be used by individual attorneys or as law firm training; it is certified for CLE credit in Florida. The Voir Dire Workshop can be extended to permit jury deliberations in order to evaluate the impact of Voir Dire training on the outcome of the case.