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E-trials testing lawyers' strategy
Barbara Gengler
FEBRUARY 14, 2006
TEXAS lawyer Chris Bagby has come up with a less expensive way to get a feel for how a jury will react to arguments.

Bagby started eJury after being inspired by a Dateline television show that featured coverage of a trial.

The concept gave him the idea of having lawyers pre-try cases before online juries.

Turnaround time for completing a mock jury on the internet can be as little as 48 hours for large metropolitan areas in the US, and a week or two in rural areas where it takes longer to reach the 50-juror threshold.

Virtual juries will make decisions without watching trial simulation and without the peer pressure that can accompany jury deliberations.

Typically, Bagby says, the company's e-jurors are asked to review a set of facts and then answer questions.

Presentation of facts differs greatly depending on the style of the drafting lawyer.

Sometimes the facts include photographs, scanned documents and video clips.

The case concludes when a set number of e-jurors (50 in most cases) have entered their verdicts.

Bagby says the process begins by compiling the results for the lawyer.

Results include each verdict along with a corresponding demographic profile of each e-juror.

Additionally, the lawyer receives a statistical summary revealing the average findings of the group as a whole, as well as several subcategories.

From this information the lawyer can detect the best and worst jurors for a case.

After studying the answers to personal questions, the lawyer also will learn the strongest and weakest points in the case.

Charges for eJury are based on the amount of information used by the submitting lawyer to present the case, $US300 (about $400) a page of facts that includes up to five jury questions and up to five personal questions.

Prices last year ranged from $US600 to $US5500, the average being $US1500.

Bagby says competition comes from traditional offline jury consultants, who bring smaller groups of people together in live setting for focus groups and mock trials.

Many of these consultants are seeking to add an online component because their customers are demanding a cheaper alternative.

I think we will see many companies, much like eJury, whose main service offering is the online version, he says.

The Australian

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