After spending the length of a trial staring at a group of strangers who hold the fate of a client in their hands, the last thing lawyers may want to do is sit down and chat with the jury.
But getting jurors’ take on the trial – from the persuasiveness of a closing argument to the credence of testimony – can be invaluable.
Speaking to a jury allows an attorney to “learn what happened during deliberations, how they perceived your witnesses, how they perceived you and your presentation abilities, whether your strategies and themes came across and what was really crucial,” said Richard Gabriel, president of Decision Analysis, a national trial consulting company in Los Angeles and president of the American Society of Trial Consultants Foundation.
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