Mock TrialsMock Trials
Mock trials are a more elaborate form of research than focus groups. In a Mock Trial, attorneys present both sides of their case to a mock jury in an actual courtroom setting. The presentation simulates a trial in all respects, including:

  • voir dire
  • preliminary instructions
  • opening statements
  • direct and cross examination of witnesses
  • presentation of evidence
  • closing arguments

Mock jurors are given substantive instructions on the law, and are then sent to deliberate. Deliberations are monitored via closed-circuit television. After arriving at a verdict, CRJSI then moderates a question and answer session which is designed to scrutinize the thinking processes of the mock jurors and and evaluate the persuasiveness of selected documents, evidence, and arguments from the case. Attorneys can also participate in these post-deliberation interviews. Finally, mock jurors complete post-deliberation questionaires. The entire session is video taped.

Mock trials are best utilized at the end of a series of focus groups.

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