For years, mock jurors are used to presenting legal issues and fact patterns with reactions in return. Some have become helpful to legal professionals, while others have done more harm than good. This depends on where you side with in the case. However, you can stay prepared and prevent the unfavorable reactions.
Here are 6 things said in every mock trail.
“Why did the plaintiff take look to file a lawsuit?
While the plaintiff might have a valid reason for delaying the suit, mock jurors often claim the alleged problem as a sore eye to their merit. In fact, the longer the wait, the less credible the claim might be. Failing to address the issue often works against the plaintiff, despite their explanation. This makes it especially damaging for issues that should be considered as urgent.
“How much should they be rewarded?”
Without knowledge of the law, jurors often have no difficulty in separating rewards from damages. This allows permits from other motives to be rewarded money. That is why is it common for mock trials to start with the question of how much they should be rewarded. The council will need to pay close attention to the situation and address it both legally and from a practical perspective.
“They may be right, but they don’t have enough to prove it.”
Many jurors tend to express their belief that the plaintiff is right. However, they have a hard time accepting the plaintiff’s case if their evidence is insufficient. Even if the plaintiff is right, the juror will have a hard time proving their case.
“Are those actors or real lawyers?”
Believe it or not – mock jurors often assume that the attorneys are actors. However, the jury consultant is always an attorney.
“Let’s divide between what both parties want.”
In an attempt to represent everyone’s side fairly, the most common approach is to split into the damages and awards. Research shows that it is not a true solution as this can only benefit those who wish to punish or reward more than the opposing side. This can be prevented by encouraging the jurors to stand their ground and deal with the possibilities.
“Do we have to be unanimous in the decision?”
No matter how the instructions go in terms of required unanimity, someone will also question it. This usually occurs when the group does not fully agree and looking for another way to resolve the differences. If being unanimous helps your point, then attention will be needed to be paid in summation. Everyone must have the evidenced needed to make the unanimous decision. This makes a mutual reference point to help solve the decision.
Both for actual and mock jurors, the moral barometer are enough to find liability, regardless of any legal standards. This means it is important for the counsel to address any given possibilities. While we may not always side with the law, it is required to be followed.