Learn about eJury


We've done our best to provide everything you need to know about eJury right here at your fingertips.  Nevertheless, we recognize that for all of the convenience online operations provide, sometimes you just can't beat the telephone.  Call us toll free at 1-800-590-3542, and we'll be glad to speak with you, guide you through the process, and answer any questions.

 

How eJury Works

eJury is much like a traditional mock jury or focus group except that the jurors (or eJurors) participate via the Internet.  The convenience of online participation allows for a larger panel on each case, giving the attorney the type of feedback normally associated with large focus group research, but without the traditionally high cost.

Step 1:  The attorney prepares the Case Submission which consists of facts from the perspectives of each party, the jury questions which would be used at trial, and personal questions designed to obtain additional feedback (e.g. "What was important to you in determining who was negligent or responsible?").

Step 2:  We convert the attorney's Case Submission into an "html format" and post it to a secure location on our website where only eJurors in the county of selection can access the case.  The eJurors in that county are then notified electronically that a new case has been posted.

Step 3:  The eJurors begin reviewing the facts and answering the questions, each clicking a "Submit Verdict" button upon completion.  Once the minimum number of verdicts have been rendered (usually 50), the case automatically concludes.  The results are then tabulated, printed, and bound.  The final product includes a summary of the liability and damages statistics, as well as all 50 verdicts with a corresponding demographic profile of each participating eJuror.


Using Your Results

Imagine the knowledge you gain when you ask 50 people for their opinions about your case.  What you do with your results is up to you, but you might consider...

Promotion of Settlement

  • Determination of Value - Your results provide a valuation from an independent source.  You're no longer dealing with the opinion of just 1 person.  You now have the opinions of 50 people.  This gives your results an empirical basis which can be very persuasive.

  • Convince your Client - Whether you're representing the plaintiff or the defense, your results will help educate your client and help your client make smarter settlement decisions.

  • Persuade your Opposition - Have mediations become a waste of time?  Are you just guessing when you tell the other side what a jury will do?  Show the opposition your results and you'll show them what is likely to occur at trial.

  • Confirm a Realistic Evaluation - Maybe your evaluation is correct, but your client or adjuster needs some more proof.  Our results can add credibility to your evaluation and "protection" for your file.

  • Dissuade Unreasonable Expectations - There are times when a client's expectations are too much to reason with.  A client such as this needs to sit down and read the opinions of 50 other people.  It can be an "eye-opening" experience.

Preparation for Trial

  • Find the Facts to Emphasize - Let common, everyday people tell you the facts they think are the most important to your case.

  • Develop Case Themes - Leading trial attorneys say that every case tried to a jury should have a theme.  Look for themes in the eJuror's responses that are already in the "language of laypeople."

  • Test Jury Arguments - Try your jury arguments out ahead of time.  Find out what will sell...and what won't.

  • Discover "Public" Attitudes - Does your case involve some unique facts?  We all know what jurors think about car wrecks.  But how do the majority of jurors feel about "a doctor's use of forceps"..."a customer's allergic reaction to a food ingredient"...or even more simply..."the photograph you plan on using as Exhibit No. 1"?

  • Create Ideal Juror Profiles - Study your demographics to discover what "type" of jurors will be the best for your case.  More importantly, who do you want to keep off the jury?


Price List

 

 

Base Rate:

Total Pages of Facts (single-spaced):
    
Required minimum of 2 pages
      Suggested maximum of 5 pages

Included with Base Rate:

$350 per page
  • up to 5 Jury Questions

  • up to 5 Personal Questions
no additional charge
no additional charge
Additional Requests: Extra Pages of Facts: $450 per page
Extra Jury Questions: $200 per question
Extra Personal Questions: $200 per question
Imagery (photos, diagrams, etc.): $300 per image
Miscellaneous Items:

Extra Result Books:
Results are printed and spiral bound in book form.
2 books are already included with the price of each submission.

$60 per book

Extra eJuror Verdicts:
Results contain a minimum of 50 verdicts.  Additional verdicts are available depending on time constraints and the county chosen for submission.

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County Panels

Your Case Submission will be "venue specific." We have a national database of registered eJurors and can put a sufficiently large panel together in any major metropolitan area of the country.    

We segregate our panels according to the county of residence of each eJuror.  Here is just a sampling of some of the panels which have already been created according to case demand:

State

County

Alabama Jefferson, Mobile, Montgomery
Arizona Maricopa, Pima, Pinal
Arkansas Craighead, Pulaski
California Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, San Francisco, Sonoma, Marin, Alameda, San Mateo, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Diego, Santa Clara
Colorado Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Jefferson
Connecticut Fairfield, Hartford, New London, New Haven
Florida Broward, Miami-Dade, Pinellas, Duval, Hillsborough, Leon, Walton, Orange, Escambia, Bay, Palm Beach
Georgia Fulton, Clayton, Macon, Clarke, Chatham
Illinois Cook, Peoria, Champaign, Winnebago, Madison, McLean
Indiana Marion, Delaware
Iowa Polk, Scott, Story
Kansas Sedgwick, Johnson
Kentucky Laurel
Louisiana Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany
Maryland Montgomery
Massachusetts Middlesex, Worcester, Suffolk
Michigan Wayne, Saginaw, Oakland, Allegan, Genesee, Ottawa
Minnesota Hennepin
Missouri St. Louis County, St. Louis City, Jackson, Greene, Platte, Clay, Jefferson, St. Francois, Taney
Montana Missoula
Nebraska Douglas, Burt
Nevada Clark, Washoe
New Jersey Middlesex, Sussex, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, Warren, Essex, Bergen, Morris
New Mexico Bernalillo, Santa Fe
New York Kings, New York, Queens, Albany, Tompkins, Westchester, Oswego, Cortland, Onondaga, Nassau, Jefferson, Orange, Bronx
North Carolina Wake, Durham, Raleigh, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Nash, Davie, New Hanover, Cabarrus, Rowan, Cumberland, Union
Ohio Cuyahoga, Franklin, Summit, Stark, Lake, Erie, Lorain, Hamilton
Oklahoma Comanche, Oklahoma, Tulsa
Oregon Multnomah
Pennsylvania Allegheny, Philadelphia, Luzerne, Westmoreland, Erie
South Carolina Greenville, Spartanburg, Richland
South Dakota Yankton
Tennessee Shelby, Davidson, Knox
Texas Dallas, Tarrant, Harris, Bexar, Travis, El Paso, Denton, Collin, Rockwall, Jefferson, Orange, Johnson, Nueces, Smith, Gregg, McLennan, Hidalgo, Cameron, Brazoria, Johnson, Brazos, Webb
Virginia Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Albemarle, Rockingham
Washington King, Pierce, Spokane, Snohomish, Whatcom
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia
West Virginia Harrison, Upshur, Monongalia
Wisconsin Dane, Milwaukee
Wyoming Laramie

For cases pending in less populated areas, please Contact Us to discuss other panel possibilities.  In many instances we have been able to combine surrounding counties with less population in order to create a large enough panel with similar demographics.


Conflicts Policy

After a case has been posted, we believe it would present an obvious conflict of interest to post the same case again for an opposing attorney.  That is why we require real names of the parties during the intake process and check all new cases for possible conflicts of interest.  If a conflict is present, it is our policy to respond to the new inquiry by simply stating:  "eJury is unable to accept your submission due to a conflict of interest."

Please keep in mind that due to the ever-changing trial dockets of our customers, we are unable to reserve spots or places for case submission.  All cases are posted on a "first come, first served" basis.  


Confidentiality Policy

We understand the importance of keeping an attorney’s mental impressions, opinions, conclusions, and legal theories privileged and confidential.  In addition, we recognize that the attorney-client relationship is built upon the trust of knowing that certain confidences will not be disclosed to others.

eJury, by and through its officers, directors, and employees, will treat the following information as confidential, and will not, directly or indirectly, disclose the following information, or any part thereof, to any person or entity other than the party for whom this Confidentiality Policy is made: 

  1. the fact that the services of eJury have been requested, engaged, or purchased on any given case;

  2. the names of the attorneys, clients, parties, witnesses, insurers, and representatives on any given case;

  3. the facts, theories, claims, defenses, Jury Questions, and Personal Questions on any given case;

  4. the results derived from submitting any given case to eJury, including, but not limited to, any and all of the verdicts rendered, answers to the Jury Questions and Personal Questions, responses noted as Additional Comments, the statistical breakdowns, and the E-verdicts Summary.

Based upon the very nature of the services of eJury, certain information that is submitted by the attorney must be disclosed to those persons registered as “eJurors.”  The party for whom this Confidentiality Policy is made understands that the information to be disclosed in this fashion is the Case Submission, consisting of the facts, jury questions, and personal questions submitted by the attorney to eJury.  Each person registered as an eJuror has completed an oath swearing and affirming that he/she will not knowingly disclose, or permit to be disclosed, any information learned or obtained from eJury to any attorney, paralegal, legal assistant, law firm, insurance adjuster, insurance company, or anyone associated with an attorney, paralegal, legal assistant, law firm, insurance adjuster, or insurance company, except through the answering of case questions directly on the eJury website.


Sample Cases

The following case submission provides a good example of an automobile collision case.  This submission was 5 pages long with 5 jury questions and 5 personal questions.

The submission below, a medical malpractice case, is slightly longer than our suggested maximum of 5 single-spaced pages (the facts below were 7 pages in length).  The submitting attorney chose to include an introductory section entitled "General Background" (shorter cases usually just begin with "Facts from the Plaintiff's Perspective" followed by "Facts from the Defendant's Perspective").  This submission also includes 2 images the submitting attorney used for illustration.

Obviously, each case is different and presentation styles will vary from attorney to attorney.  Feel free to e-mail us here if you would like to receive a sample case in Microsoft Word format via reply e-mail.  This will allow you to simply begin cutting and pasting with your own facts and questions.  Please type "Send Sample Case" in the subject line and include in your email a brief description of the type of case your involved in (e.g. "I have a wrongful death case involving multi-car collision on a highway").


Testimonials

“I utilized eJury recently in an alcohol-related wrongful death case.  Being able to gain insights and ask questions to the eJurors was very helpful in evaluating certain troublesome aspects of the case.  More than anything else, being able to ask the eJurors their opinions--for instance, to what extent they would blame parents for the regular alcohol consumption of their son, killed in an alcohol-related car accident--helped formulate the trial and settlement strategy.  The case ultimately settled in mediation for 3% of the insurance potentially available.  There's no question I will use this service again.” – Vic Anderson @ Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, L.L.P.

“As a trial lawyer I have used both live jury focus groups and eJury.  In the Spring of 2000, I used eJury to pinpoint concerns over damage issues in a personal injury case stemming from the crash landing of American Airlines Flight 1420 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The responses we received from the ‘cyber jurors’ helped immensely in framing the voir dire examination and the presentation of evidence.  I was amazed at the types and broad range of issues raised in the responses.  Considering the cost of eJury, I feel it will be foolish to go to trial in any case in the future without using it.” Robert R. Bodoin @ Bodoin, Burnside & Burge, P.C.

"I used eJury's mock jury on a very difficult case involving a serious injury to a minor child resulting in life-long impairment. The results not only confirmed my suspicions that liability would be our biggest obstacle at trial, but they also gave my clients a new appreciation for how their case would be viewed by others. After reviewing the verdicts and reading the comments of the 50 mock jurors, my clients quickly realized that settlement was in their best interests. Once settlement was achieved, the Ad Litem relied upon the 50 verdicts to find that the settlement was in the best interests of the minor child. Even the Court seemed to be impressed with the added intelligence that eJury provided to the settlement decision, and gladly admitted the 50 verdicts into evidence at the minor prove-up hearing. eJury is such an effective method of case evaluation, that no significant settlement decisions should be made without it." – Harold English @ Law Offices of Harold English   

“I used eJury for the first time in a personal injury case involving a near fatal allergic reaction suffered by my client.  I strongly believed that this was almost a slam-dunk liability case.  Many of the eJurors disagreed, several of them even putting on hundred percent responsibility on my client, for reasons that had not and probably would not have occurred to me.  I was surprised and somewhat disappointed, but certainly enlightened and edified by these responses.  The insights and thought processes of the eJurors were invaluable in our analysis of the strengths, and perhaps more importantly, the weaknesses of our case.  We reached a very good settlement at mediation, in large part because of what we had learned about the case from the eJury submission.  I highly recommend eJury as a valuable tool in any significant litigation.” Shane Goetz @ Rossetti & Goetz

“Every trial attorney knows the difficulty of accurately predicting the jury’s verdict.  I have found that eJury not only provides a realistic appraisal of case value, but it also gives me great insight on all the factors leading up to the jury’s verdict.  Knowing what 50 eJurors think about the liability facts and the damage facts before I have to try the case to the actual jury is a great advantage.” Jeff Hansen @ Hasten & Hansen, P.C.  

eJury was very beneficial assisting with future questions of witnesses and theme concepts, what to emphasize and what not to emphasize.  I look forward to using it in the future.” – Robert Haslam @ The Haslam Firm, P.C.  

“eJury gave me a great advantage going into trial.  The feedback provided by the eJurors let me know how a ‘real’ jury might react to a very complicated factual situation.  Their answers to the personal questions and their additional comments were invaluable.  I was able to see what aspects of my client's case needed the most emphasis, and where more information was needed to make the case understandable.  It was also helpful to see that some of the comments mirrored my opinions regarding the issues, which gave credibility to my evaluation when discussing this case with the client.  This is a great concept which I will be using again and again.” – Jeff Kinsel @ Cantey & Hanger, L.L.P.  

“I recently used eJury for the first time. I was both pleased and impressed with the format, and the results, of my fact submission. eJury allowed me to present a balanced perspective of my case easily and effectively. The results of the e-jurors' answers to the issues presented were clear and concise. Best of all, the format allowed me to get the eJurors' feedback as to how they viewed the facts and the damages in the case, which I was then able to put to excellent use in the voir dire of the case when it actually went to trial. I have conducted a number of mock trials/jury focus groups, and in my opinion, eJury gave me almost everything the more formal programs do at a fraction of the cost. I intend to make eJury a part of every case I have that goes into litigation." Stephen C. Maxwell @ Hill Gilstrap, P.C.  

“My partner and I just settled a medical negligence case for $465,000.00 prior to taking a single deposition!!  We were able to achieve this result for two adult-children clients that had lost their mother, thanks to eJury!!  One of the eJurors on the case commented that to him, the doctor had the attitude of ‘take two aspirin and don't call me in the morning.’ If you have fairly represented the defense position to the eJurors and they make comments like this, it can really help you obtain the doctor's consent to settlement and can really help convince the insurance carrier and defense attorney to offer significantly more.  Not only does eJury help in these areas, but the eJurors' responses provide invaluable insight as to facts and themes to emphasize at trial, as well as insight as to what facts or arguments that may turn a jury against your case.  The eJurors can even provide you with information that you may have overlooked or ideas for additional discovery.  Since eJury is so economical, I believe that it should be considered a routine step in every personal injury case just the same as sending out interrogatories.  As a matter of fact, if I had to choose between interrogatories and eJury as a tool in prosecuting my cases, I would choose eJury every time!" – Jim Orr @ Heygood, Orr & Reyes, L.L.P.

“Every litigator struggles to determine the value of his or her cases.  I recently used eJury for the first time on a small case to see if the service could provide this information.  The results were outstanding. I was able to use a database of jury questions to help with the unique set of issues in the case, and the format for submitting the case was simple and even helped me prepare it for trial. The eJury verdict was received in less then a week along with an extensive analysis of the results. I even received demographic profiles of those jurors who were predisposed for and against my case for use in voir dire. The local eJurors comments were extensive, thought provoking, hit the issues hard and even gave me a few of those ‘off the wall’ issues you normally hear from the jury after it’s too late.  Now I have a comfort level about the value of this case that I wish I had in every case.  The low cost and the invaluable information make eJury a ‘must’ for virtually every case in my file cabinet.” Jim Zadeh @ Law Office of Jim Zadeh, P.C.  

"I found eJury to be very beneficial in our trial preparation. We were able to focus in on the demographic of the type of juror we were looking for along with the concerns the eJurors were having. We had a case with only $4,400 in medical bills and we used the eJury result to help maximize the value of the case which had a punitive damages component. The jury at trial awarded over $2.3M, and I believe the knowledge gained from eJury was money well spent. I recommend this service and will use it again.” David A. McLaughlin @ The Cochran Firm