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Focused Decisions San Francisco Facility

Mock Jury

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Focused Decisions provides demographically representative jurors who will hear your case from start to finish. The full day mock trial allows the jury to witness expert testimony, live witness examination, evidence presentations, and opening and closing arguments. At the end of the mock, just as in trial, the jury will deliberate, and you will get to view the deliberation live. 

  • Demographics Research
  • Targeted Recruiting
  • Experienced Facilitation
  • Full-Size Modern Courtroom
  • Unparalleled Technology

Focused Decisions provides your firm with a comprehensive mock jury experience. Our extensive database allows Focused Decisions to give you a demographically representative mock jury while our trial consultants expertly craft mock jury questionnaires and analyze deliberations.

Focused Decisions has an extensive database from which we select jurors who are demographically similar to those you will see at trial. An accurately chosen mock jury will leave you with a better understanding of how jurors evaluate different elements, gain candid reactions to specific pieces of evidence, and identify strengths or weaknesses in your arguments. Having a deeper understanding of the jurors’ reactions to your case will assist you in making key strategic decisions.

Our facilities provide a realistic setting for attorneys and jurors. Focused Decisions has a full-sized modern courtroom for your use during the mock trial proceedings.  This gives jurors the feeling that they are in an authentic courtroom and are entrusted with making the final decision on your case, which promotes accurate results during deliberation.

Jury Selection

Jury selection can make or break your case. Focused Decisions’ trial consultant is an expert in analyzing human behavior. Maximize your voir dire by receiving tailored advice on what questions to ask during jury selection. During trial preparation, our expert provides case analysis, assistance constructing juror questionnaires, and provides tactical recommendations including identifying exclusionary criteria. During voir dire, our expert is available to work with your team to craft follow up questions, ranking jurors, and making recommendations on using peremptory and for cause challenges.

Witness Preparation 

Focused Decisions’ witness preparation and evaluation process can help you refine witness testimony or test potential witnesses in front of a mock jury.

Lay Witness

Lay witness testimony improves when the fear of the unknown is eliminated. Focused Decisions’ trial consultant analyzes the mock jury deliberations or the legal focus group participant discussions and explains the jury’s assessment of the witness’ credibility. Feedback will be provided by the trial consultants as to how to enhance witness credibility. After Focused Decisions’ witness preparation and evaluation, your lay witness will feel comfortable and prepared to testify.

Expert Witness

Even the most seasoned expert witness can improve his or her testimony after receiving feedback from Focused Decisions’ trial consultant. Equipped with information from the mock jury deliberations or the legal focus group participant discussions, Focused Decisions’ trial consultants will work with your expert to help shape his or her testimony to provide the maximum impact on the jury.

Shadow Jury

Utilize Focused Decisions’ shadow jury program to answers to questions about the jury in time to make a difference in the verdict.

A shadow jury is a group of people chosen to match the demographics of the seated jury.  Focused Decisions’ facilitators ensure the shadow jury is exposed to the exact same proceedings as the actual jury. Each evening, Focused Decisions’ trial consultants debrief with the shadow jury and provides the attorney with written feedback about how the shadow jury interpreted the day’s events. This permits you to make any necessary modifications in strategy and direction based on reliable information.

Jury Research

Focused Decisions provides the answers to help you make important decisions about your case. For example: What is the best venue for your case?  Who is the ideal juror?  What questions should you ask during voir dire?  What do the answers to those questions really mean?

Jury Questionnaires

Focused Decisions helps you discover biases on a micro level using juror questionnaires. Our trial consultants will customize questionnaires to your case. With questionnaires tailored to your case you will find out potential juror biases, select who can be removed for cause, and identify your prize jurors.

Post-Trial Interviews

Will you represent the same client in a future matter? Are you representing a similar client in a different case?  Worried about juror misconduct? When permitted by the court, Focused Decisions conducts post trial interviews with jurors. You will find out what exactly influenced the jury’s decisions, the logic they followed to reach their result, and understand from the jury’s perspective the effectiveness of your trial strategy.