Entries Tagged as 'Jury Selection'

Presenting to the jury: client’s delay in seeking treatment for damages

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By Amy Singer, Ph.D., Diana Greninger and Kemberlee Bonnet

It is not uncommon in personal injury cases for the injured individual to delay seeking medical treatment after an incident. Why is that?  The fact is that injured persons often do not experience symptoms of injury at the time of an incident, however much later, an injury related to the incident emerges. We refer to such injuries as “latent” injuries, an injury in which the onset of symptoms is delayed. As an attorney you must be able to recognize that jurors will most likely have an uninformed response, most likely negative, to the concept of latent injuries.  

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Are you de-selecting the wrong jurors?

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By Amy Singer, Ph.D., Diana Greninger and Kemberlee Bonnet

When it comes to voir dire, attorneys have to de-select from the venire members they are “dealt.” It is similar to a game of Rummy. When your hand is dealt, you discard the cards you don’t want and keep the ones that will give you the greatest chance of winning.  This might seem counter intuitive when it comes to voir dire, but people bring with them their worldviews and personality traits that are difficult to “pick” from. So how does one sort through these characteristics and decide who to de-select? First identify what kind of individuals cannot fairly decide your case.

 

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Using social networking during voir dire

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By Amy Singer, Ph.D., Diana Greninger and Kemberlee Bonnet

It is becoming widely apparent that on social networking sites, people are open to sharing unguarded thoughts, attitudes and sentiment about any given topic. It is almost as if social media were a focus group of its own, such that many industries refer to now as the world’s largest focus group. Although one could argue that social networking sites are “unfocused,” having no moderator individuals often carry on lengthy and quite personal discussions on specific topics with unusual transparency, often disclosing information that they would otherwise withhold in a face-to-face setting.

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Where do voir dire questions come from?

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By Amy Singer, Ph.D., Diana Greninger and Kemberlee Bonnet

In last week’s article (More can be Revealed: The Benefit of Follow-up Questions in Voir Dire. October 15, 2013), we described sample follow up questions to be used in voir dire and their benefits.  This week, we’d like to share some of the ways to come up with those case specific questions.

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More can be Revealed: The Benefit of Follow-up Questions in Voir Dire

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By Amy Singer, Ph.D., Diana Greninger and Kemberlee Bonnet 

Voir dire, or jury selection, is one of the most important parts of a trial. It requires careful, well-planned questioning. However, there are more factors to consider for voir dire than simply asking a question and receiving a response.  Important variables pertaining to a given case require much more investigation.  For example, social desirability effects and specific personality variables are highly important to detect during voir dire because those variables aid the litigator in understanding an individual juror’s information processing and individual cognitive style.

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