Gerry spence jury selection method

At the Gerry Spence Trial College the following rules are taught as the correct approach to jury selection:

  • Be yourself – be real. Embrace the truth even if it hurts
  • Have a conversation with the jury not a lecture
  • Determine the issues in your case. What am I afraid of?
  • Share with the jury yourself before you ask them to share with you
  • Focus on the juror. Mentally shake hands with the juror you are talking to
  • Thank them for their answers no matter what they say
  • Honor their feelings even if you don’t like their answers
  • Never argue and never cross examine the juror
  • Concentrate on what you are doing, not how you are doing

The jury selection procedure is outlined this way:

  1. Identify those things that trouble you about the case
  2. Explore your personal feelings about them
  3. Determine why you are troubled
  4. Share your feelings about this with the jury
  5. Invite the jury to share their feelings about them with you
  6. Accept the gifts the jury give you
  7. Continue to share your feelings and invite the jury to share theirs

Students are taught the importance of total honesty and openness with the jury. To be up front on all key subjects. To not be afraid to allow and encourage discussion about issues that frighten and bother you about your case. These are proven techniques for jury selection that merit consideration.

About Paul Luvera

Plaintiff trial lawyer for 50 years. Past President of the Inner Circle of Advocates & Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. Member American Board of Trial Advocates, American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy, International Society of Barristers, the American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame & speaker at Spence Trial College
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