Mock Jury Trials: How They Could Make or Break Your Case
Lawyers, attorneys, and jurors alike can agree that preparing for a legal case is no small task. There is an extraordinary amount of work to organize and present; if either side is not fully prepared, it could cost them the case. While the idea of a mock jury trial may feel excessive, the practice and data gathered from attending one can make or break an actual court case.
Mock jury trials are an excellent place to practice presenting their case, test their arguments, and develop a better line of questioning and cross-examination strategies in real-time. This opportunity allows the counsel to develop quick-thinking skills in a fast-paced environment they couldn’t practice elsewhere. They can also benefit from interacting with other people involved in the simulation.
What Is a Mock Jury Trial?
According to Klein & Wilson Business Trial Lawyers, “Mock trials are an abbreviated form of an actual trial, with opening statements, testimony, presentation of documentary evidence, closing arguments, and jury deliberations.” The mock jurors and attorneys get realistic trial experience, and better data results as a result. In fact, mock jury trials can offer a multitude of benefits, including the following:
- Realistic Simulation of Court Processions
- Experience With In-Trial Scenarios
- Valuable Data to Hone Case Preparation
- Practice With Litigation Skills
The Benefits of Practicing Your Case
- They Help With the Preparation for Cross-Examination & Testimony
Thinking on your feet and taking a stand during an actual trial takes true courage. The stress of a trial is only amplified by heated cross-examination, which can switch back and forth quickly. Being confident and prepared for this interaction is one of the many benefits of a mock trial; everything will happen in real-time, giving lawyers, attorneys, witnesses, jurors, and more valuable experience.
Testifying is another stressful position for many. Getting experience with actual mock witnesses beforehand can be vital to any counselor. Many people have never been in a courtroom, let alone testified, therefore forgetting critical information or becoming flustered. Learning to deal with these issues is essential to practice as well.
- They Help You Practice Your Litigation Skills
While there is only a tiny percentage of cases that make it to trial, the ones that do are often high-profile ones with severe consequences. Attorneys and lawyers involved in these cases need every opportunity to practice their arguments and skills.
Mock jury trials can offer some of the closest simulations of actual court cases. They can provide valuable feedback to hone skills. While many cases are dealt with through paperwork and filing without any in-person interaction, a mock trial can help prepare lawyers and jurors alike to brush up on courtroom etiquette, debate skills, and more.
- They Help You Understand How a Jury May Consider Your Case
It can be challenging to guess the strength of an argument you have been working on for months when you have been so close to it, especially when you have no idea who will be on the jury for your case.
With a mock jury trial, lawyers will have an opportunity to present their arguments to a cast of demographically similar people to their actual jury pool. This provides the opportunity for objective third-party feedback on their arguments while collecting valuable insight and data.
- They Could Provide Unbiased Evaluation of Your Case
By utilizing an outside, third-party mock jury trial platform instead of bouncing arguments of coworkers or peers, those working on the case can gain access to unbiased evaluations on their cases, including areas they should improve on, strong points, and more.
Moreover, after spending months on a case, sometimes a lawyer can begin to feel personally attached to an argument or idea. Mock trials can help remove one from the situation and help to give an outside perspective from an unbiased perspective. In fact, many lawyers often feel like they’ve been presented with a “reality check” after attending a mock trial, which has been beneficial to their case.
Test Your Skills Today
At Decision Point Consulting, we have a talented and diverse pool of mock jurors and consultants that are ready to help you test your case. We can structure an experience that can mirror the court process based on the type of lawsuit you’re testing; just let us know, and we’ll work with you to set up the perfect mock jury trial. Give us a call today to get started at 440-263-5362 or use our online contact form to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!