One of the tools an effective trial lawyer uses is a "mock jury"
The lawyer can evaluate the potential reactions of jurors to their evidence and arguments before a case goes to trial.
A "mock jury" is usually 8 to 12 "jurors" who are gathered to hear a summary presentation of both sides of a case. Once the case is presented, participants then discuss the evidence and the arguments.
I have been a big believer in mock juries and focus groups for over 15 years. I like to use mock juries in several ways.
First I use them early on to get a feel for people's reactions to the themes in the case. Closer to trial I will use them again to get feedback on the evidence as it will be presented. We have a lot of tools available to us as trial lawyers, but we can not always be unbiased about which ones are effective. That is why we take the extra step to test our theories.
The mock jury helps me simplify and focus on the complicated cases.
The mock jury can be a predictor of the likely outcome of the case should it go to trial. This can help the client and myself make decisions about whether a case should settle out of court or move forward toward trial.
Michael E. Seelie, PA has represented people in Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding communities of Orange Park, St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, Callahan, Palatka, Fernandina Beach, Gainesville, and Lake City in rollover accident cases since 1978.