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New York, NY, United States, 2009/04/16 - Courtroom View Network (CVN) and R&D Strategic Solutions (R&D) have entered into an exclusive relationship to provide clients with the ability to conduct Virtual Shadow Juries (VSJ) - RD-SS.com.
For the first time, trial lawyers will be able to use shadow jurors who are not in the courtroom but located off site. Shadow jurors judge a case just as the actual jurors do. At the end of each trial day they are debriefed and their feedback is used to help the trial team plot strategy. Traditionally, the shadow jury has sat in the courtroom each trial day. Many litigants that use shadow jurors in this way are concerned that their presence may be too obvious or disruptive to the court. With VSJ the shadow jurors are located off site and watch a live feed of the trial. This provides clients with complete control and confidentiality.
The process starts with CVN obtaining permission from the court to broadcast the trial. It sets up cameras in the courtroom in an unobtrusive fashion and broadcasts a live feed to subscribers outside the courtroom. Shadow jurors, recruited by R&D, either watch the trial at an offsite location as a group or individually on their personal computers. In the latter case, R&D monitors their reactions through live video conferencing and obtains regular feedback through instant messaging. At the end of each day, R&D debriefs the shadow jurors. R&D asks what the jurors found to be persuasive, what they understood happened that day, what they wanted more information about, what they did not understand or believe, and how well the lawyers and witnesses performed. R&D instantly prepares a report with an analysis of the trial day and strategic recommendations. R&D gives the report to the trial lawyers for help with their trial planning.
CVN and R&D already work together to provide live feeds to their clients of mock juries and jury research. With the capability for instant messaging, this has saved their clients many thousands of dollars in travel costs and hundreds of hours.
About Courtroom View Network (CVN)
Courtroom View Network (courtroomview.com), a division of Courtroom Connect, is the legal industry's first and only provider to deliver live and on-demand video of high-stakes civil litigation. CVN serves members of the legal, financial, and business communities who need instantaneous, comprehensive coverage of litigation for the purposes of decision-making, research, evaluation, and education. CVN has covered hundreds of legal proceedings throughout the country and has archived over 5000 hours of searchable content.
R&D (rd-ss.com) is the nation’s leading jury consulting firm and an expert in conducting shadow juries and trial monitoring. It has worked on many of the highest profile and complex cases that have gone to trial in the past 7 years. It conducts mock trials, prepares witnesses, assists with jury selection, and develops cases strategy. R&D has offices in Boston, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, St. Petersburg, Roanoke, Memphis, and Providence.