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WHAT EVERY GOOD TRIAL LAWYER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT JURY SELECTION

WHAT EVERY GOOD TRIAL LAWYER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT JURY SELECTION

The traditional advice and rules about the process of selecting a jury may require revision and rethinking with the impact of virtual trials. When we are not physically present with the jurors and unmasked, some of the established traditional concepts may no longer be applicable or require revision. Here however, are the fundamentals of jury selection much of which still applies no matter how the case is physically tried. THE PROCESS IS NOT “SELECTING” A JURY Experienced trial judges and…

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ANOTHER LOOK AT WHETHER YOU SHOULD TELL THE JURY DURING VOIR DIRE THE AMOUNT YOU WILL ASK FOR AS A VERDICT

ANOTHER LOOK AT WHETHER YOU SHOULD TELL THE JURY DURING VOIR DIRE THE AMOUNT YOU WILL ASK FOR AS A VERDICT

There are jurisdictions where a plaintiff is not entitled to tell the jury the amount they will ask for as a verdict. But, in those states where it is allowed, should you disclose the amount in voir dire? Or wait until opening statement? Or wait for summation or perhaps not suggest a figure and allow them to decide? I’ve written about this before. See: https://plaintifftriallawyertips.com/does-the-amount-you-ask-for-as-a-verdict-effect-the-result Some experienced plaintiff lawyers believe that it is too early to disclose the amount in…

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