Addressing Jurors, Jury Selection

Listening: A key to jury selection

Listening: A key to jury selection

Time: 23:55 Practice paying close attention: Focus on whomever is speaking. Listen in a way that takes in every bit of information available from the person who is speaking...

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Encouraging potential jurors to talk about themselves

Encouraging potential jurors to talk about themselves

Time: 13:12 Picking a Topic People Don't Mind Talking About: One method is to have each juror name a person they admire, and then follow up to gain insight into the prospective juror..

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Plaintiff’s task:  explain the burden of proof

Plaintiff’s task: explain the burden of proof

Time: 20:01 Explain the burden of proof in the context of your case: Overcome the jurors' natural inclination to think the burden of proof in a civil case is beyond a reasonable doubt or to misunderstand preponderance..

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Looking for problems of bias and sympathy

Looking for problems of bias and sympathy

Time: 13:04 Gathering Information to Make a Decision about a Juror: Use an indirect approach; find out their "feelings and experiences;" blunt the natural tendency to want to help someone for whom you "feel bad;" can you say "I'm sorry, but the ..

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Introducing key points that will arise in jury instructions

Introducing key points that will arise in jury instructions

Time: 11:32 Dealing with Issues You Know You Have to Face: For Plaintiffs, how to deal with the burden of proof; for Defendants, convincing the jurors to keep an open mind until they hear all of the evidence..

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Finding cause for a challenge

Finding cause for a challenge

Time: 9:14 Dealing with Juror Experience on Case-specific Issues: Trying to lead a juror down the path to a for-cause challenge; the danger of going too far..

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Assessing specialized knowledge and existing attitudes

Assessing specialized knowledge and existing attitudes

Time: 12:18 Assessing Possible Problems with a Juror: Determine how much or how little knowledge the potential juror has on issues in your case; can the juror defer to the experts, use an analogy to see how the juror might view an issue in the c..

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