Trial consulting involves assisting council by conducting research, developing analysis, and giving jury selection assistance. It can provide ways to develop more persuasive cases and identify jurors who would be expected more likely to be in favor or against a particular case content or defendant. Trial consultants are often utilized based on their backgrounds and career specialties. There are many differences in ways trial consultants are used. Some consultants concentrate on picking the perfect jury or weeding out the worst jurors for the case. Some consultants spend most of their time working with witnesses, developing an effective trial strategy, or creating exhibits for demonstration.
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