Twelve strangers walk into a room with no idea how they’re about to spend the days or even weeks to come. They’ve been abruptly pulled away from their jobs, families and hobbies, and they have a difficult decision ahead.
This scenario sounds like the beginning of a reality TV show, but it’s not. It’s how every jury trial in the United States begins.
The justice system is founded on the idea that ordinary people can be executors of justice. At Prevail, we uphold that idea, and we want to make sure those people are able to express themselves to the best of their abilities. We’ve developed a system to empower jurors and result in efficient, high quality trials that avoid costly, time-consuming retrials and other litigation.
How It Works
First, the jurors select a foreperson who’s responsible for keeping discussion on track based on a road map the group creates, deciding which issues will be discussed and in what order.
Second, jurors review the information they took in during the trial, deciding which evidence is actual fact, probable or possible. They identify strong points of fact emphasized by both the prosecution and the defense.
Then they evaluate weaknesses in testimony and evidence, and consider how those weaknesses compare with the points each attorney tried to make. Does some evidence point to conclusions that weren’t discussed during the trial?
Last, and perhaps most importantly, jurors have an opportunity to talk about their feelings and identify them as such. How are these feelings impacting them, and how do their feelings interact with the facts they have already identified?
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