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Selecting Jurors During the Recession: Improving Your Chances in Court

January 27, 2013 by The Parrish Law Firm

Going up against a corporate powerhouse in litigation can be daunting, but there is reason for optimism. The financial collapse of 2008 has left many regular citizens (including those that end up on the jury) with sour tastes in their mouth in regards to Wall Street greed. This is something we will look to take advantage of.

Here are the steps we’ll take to help ensure you get the most ideal jurors on your case; those who are sick of seeing the little guy pushed around.

Selecting a Jury: Tips and Tricks

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC may implement some of these tips, or all of them if necessary, in order to give you the best chance of receiving compensation from the big wigs.

  • We’ll use questionnaires. Potential jurors are often uncomfortable with being put on the spot and disclosing information about personal experiences in public. Allowing these people to express themselves on paper in the form of a questionnaire may help them lose those barriers, and give us the information we need to see whether they will help or hurt our chances in court. We may even approach a consultant to help shape the questionnaire and maximize its effectiveness.
  • We’ll get to know the locals. Spending time in the community is an easy way to discover issues that may affect our jury pool, especially when attitudes vary across small distances.
  • We’ll recognize and appreciate financial hardship. In tough economic times, financial hardship can decrease the jury pool, and as the hardest hit are usually poor minorities, this can work against us. We will appreciate the hardships of potential jurors, and advise them to submit hardship requests instead of sitting on our jury.
  • We’ll ask the questions that will deselect biased jurors. We’ll find the jurors who can’t follow the law or are too impaired to do so, as well as those who hold strong beliefs based on pre-conceived ideas about certain injuries or groups of people.
  • We’ll ask open-ended questions. While lawyers are trained to indoctrinate jurors through speech, we’ll take the time to listen to what jurors’ have to say. Instead of asking yes or no question, we’ll leave them open-ended, prompting the juror to give us more information about him or herself.
  • We’ll get the jurors thinking about the damages you’ve incurred. One wouldn’t increase damages in a prospering economy, and we’ll make sure that the jurors understand one shouldn’t decrease damages in a recession.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to giving you quality legal direction in the hopes of garnering fair compensation for your suffering. James Parrish works personally with Virginia residents and fights for their rights. Call us today at 703-906-4229 or email us for a free case consultation.

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