3 Things That Influence Jury Decisions

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For many, a day in court means earning back lost income or a chance at reparation for some wrong. It’s hard to fathom, though, that your fate relies on the decision of twelve of your peers (whom you can only see in court). You must hope that they can understand your version of events and the evidence, and, then, put the verdict in your favor. Work with your legal team to assure you are doing what you can to aid your case.


Many people want to understand the numbers. This logical left-brained approach assists them in understanding the severity of the case. If you’ve lost thousands of dollars to medical treatments as a result of an injury, the jurors need to hear this. This can get complicated if it’s not presented clearly. Don’t make it overly technical or cumbersome. Consider a medical timeline template. This makes for easy viewing. Keep it simple works well here.


Some people think with their heads, and others lead with the heart. For those who aren’t sold with numbers, present images detailing injuries or losses. Have them enlarged for clear viewing and point out any specifics. For example, you might contrast images of you before an illness or injury with those after. This could tie together the cause and effect. In a car accident, it might benefit you to show pictures of the accident scene. If there was a great deal of damage this could strike an emotional cord.


As it’s a professional setting, dress appropriately. Present yourself in simple, but clean clothing that reflects a modest personality. Along with dress, this means maintaining a sense of decorum throughout the proceedings. Speak with manners, address everyone politely and reign back any severe emotions (avoid sobs or angry outbursts). Allow your peers to see you at your best.

No one can foretell what will happen when the jury deliberates. Know that you’ve presented yourself and your case to the best of your ability. Hopefully, they should see your side.