Mock Trials & Focus Groups
Mock trials offer you the opportunity to test the most compelling arguments for both sides, and incorporate documents, witnesses’ testimony, and impactful graphics into your presentations. From moderated focus groups covering general case issues, to testing specific evidence and witnesses in mock trials with deliberations, our pretrial research is tailored to fit the needs of your case and your client’s budget.
Pretrial Research Reports
Your team has options when it comes to receiving feedback and data from your pretrial research exercises:
- Comprehensive Report -This option includes our analysis of the data, a list of the strengths and weaknesses in the case, and our recommendations on effective case themes and evidence to be presented at trial. The Full-Report option is extremely important in complex cases because our analysis and recommendations provide the team with suggestions about how to improve juror comprehension.
- Data Summary Report – This truncated report option is recommended when your team has limited time, and when financial resources are constrained. The Data Summary Report includes color-coded charts of the real-time data collected during the mock trial or focus group exercise. Digital copies of the charts can be provided to the trial team immediately after the research exercise is completed.
Online Surveys for Case & Evidence Evaluation
Online surveys provide a cost-effective method of gathering public opinions from a large number of jury-eligible residents. In addition to collecting baseline attitudes that may influence how jurors view your case, these surveys also explore jurors’ leanings based on a concise summary of your case.
Pretrial publicity can have a strong influence on how potential jurors perceive your case and your client. When done in conjunction with venue surveys, publicity analysis can be useful for determining whether a change of venue should be sought. Bonora Rountree consultants have extensive experience conducting content analysis of pretrial publicity, testing the extent to which pretrial publicity has created bias in the venue, and submitting declarations in support of specialized voir dire procedures or change of venue.