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Posted on: Aug 15, 2017

By Timothy F. Devereux, Ladendorf Law

The Civil Jury Project at the NYU School of Law has researched various innovations that could be implemented into civil jury trials. This research looks at various practices from courts around the U.S. and in different countries in an effort to identify “best practices” and other innovative approaches to improve the quality of civil trials. Among the topics discussed are 1) presenting back-to-back experts; 2) interim arguments by counsel; 3) juror discussion of evidence before deliberations; 4) pre-voir dire jury questionnaires; and 5) mini-openings before voir dire.

For each of the topics discussed, there is a “Fact Sheet” which a) describes the technique; b) touches upon any relevant empirical studies; c) discusses current usage; and d) lists the relevant legal support.

For litigators seeking to enhance the efficacy of trying a civil case, these innovations provide a solid starting point to re-evaluate how to present their case to a jury. Find the Civil Jury Project at the NYU School of Law here.

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