Jury research doesn’t end when the trial does. Every trial, no matter the outcome, represents an opportunity to gather new information about how and why jurors respond as they do. At Jonathan Leach, LLC, we take the time necessary to ensure we conduct thorough and helpful post-trial research.
What Does Post-Trial Research Involve?
When permitted by the judge in the given matter, and by jurors themselves, we follow up with individual jurors in a process known as “jury research.” During this process, we seek to learn what moments in the trial the jury found to be most significant, which witnesses and trial exhibits were most persuasive, how they arrived at their verdict, and which aspects, if any, confused or upset them during the trial. The insights we gather in this way will, in turn, strengthen the recommendations we make in future matters.
Of particular interest to us is the way in which individual jurors’ own experiences and life histories influence their perceptions of the issues and evidence. Our conversations with them after trial often point to biases or predispositions that can and do affect a final verdict.
What is Our Research Process?
This research is carried out within the limits established by our own ASTC professional code of ethics, any constraints imposed by the court, and in keeping with the desires expressed by the jurors themselves. Helpfully, we find that many jurors are often eager to “debrief and download” their impressions of the trial, especially one that has been long and complex. After being constrained by their role as jurors, many are ready to talk about their experiences. Their comments yield insights of value to anyone with an interest in jury trials.
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Post-trial juror interviews and jury research offer a privileged glimpse into the decision-making that goes on inside a jury room, research that cannot be obtained with quite the same degree of specificity using other tools. We invite you to contact Jonathan Leach, LLC, to discuss this unique service.