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Monday, November 26, 2007


During Jerry Glas' (Deutsch Kerrigan & Stiles, New Orleans) lecture on trial technology and cutting edge software, Glas demonstrated Jury Guru™ for the first time at a CLE program for civil trial lawyers.

JURY GURU™ is a patent-pending computer program and jury selection method that helps lawyers and trial consultants pick a jury. It changes everything. It is the only program to employ an algorithm designed by Castle H. Concepts, L.L.C., that determines: (1) which juror will become the last juror selected if the parties exhaust their peremptory challenges ("cuts"); (2) the set of mathematically eligible jurors; (3) the percentage of mathematically eligible jurors in the panel; and (4) the relative ranking of the jurors within the set of mathematically eligible jurors.

JURY GURU™ does not evaluate jurors. Trial lawyers still must decide whether to exercise peremptory strikes as to jurors, and to what degree one juror or another might help or hurt their case. Whether relying on gut instinct or trial consultants who have analyzed demographic and social statistics, conducted mock trials, and engaged focus groups, JURY GURU™ can help sort that information.

JURY GURU™ does tell trial lawyers whether to cut jurors. JURY GURU™ asks the trial lawyer to identify potential challenges for cause, grade potential cuts, and record each time a juror is selected, cut, or dismissed for cause. With that information, JURY GURU™ determines the last juror to be selected assuming that all parties exhaust their cuts. The program ranks jurors who remain mathematically eligible for selection, calculates the number of strikes the trial lawyer should use during the panel; and identifies which jurors should be cut based on their relative rankings. Jury evaluation may be an art, but jury selection can now be a science.


Many trial lawyers scribble notes on jury lists to indicate the attorney's relative preferences for prospective jurors (the "selection order"). Those lists generally will not show where the jurors are seated, or even allow a lawyer to draw a simple jury box. Trial lawyers usually must choose between: (1) drawing a crude jury box on a separate legal pad, and then juggling both documents at the bench; or (2) copying all of the information from the jury list to the legal pad, and then discarding the jury list.

This jury list on the left was used by a prosecutor while selecting a jury for a death penalty trial. The jurors ultimately selected to serve on that jury convicted the defendant of first degree murder, and recommended a life sentence. You can see the tiny notes scribbled by the prosecutor. Click here for a blow-by-blow explanation of how the prosecutor used this jury list, and a reminder of the need for a more elegant and accurate approach such as is now possible with JURY GURU™.

This (letter-sized) notepad (right) was used by a defense attorney while picking a jury for a civil trial in state court. Before that trial started, the defendant stipulated to liability, and the jury was asked to determine fair compensation for the plaintiffs. Click here for a blow-by-blow explanation of how the defense attorney used his pad, and JURY GURU™ could have helped.

For more information about the product, or to download a copy or speak with the trial lawyers who invented it, click here.

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