Q: How does OnlineVerdict.com work?
A: Lawyers or legal professionals will post to the OnlineVerdict.com website a case summary and verdict questions for participants to answer. Participants who are jury eligible and match the demographics of the selected venue will then be emailed an invitation to review the case. If the participant chooses to review the case summary and completes the case questions, they will receive a check in the mail within one month of participation. The lawyer or legal professional who posts the case will receive tabulated feedback from either 25 or 50 jury qualified respondents. It is that simple.
Q: What are the benefits of garnering feedback from qualified jurors in the case venue?
A: When potential jurors review case facts, attorneys can identify community attitudes, case strengths and weaknesses, case themes, case value and potential outcome. Online research provides timely feedback from a large panel of jurors without the traditionally high costs of live focus groups and mock trials.
Q: How are mock jurors located?
A: Potential jurors are recruited all over the country through email and/or other recruiting measures. To join, a participant must answer a series of demographic questions (e.g. date of birth, marital status, ethnicity, employment status, etc.) and agree to the terms and conditions of the service. A juror’s profile is then stored in our database. When a case is posted in their venue, eligible jurors will receive an email invitation to review the case.
Q: Who is eligible to become a mock juror?
Q: How much do jurors get paid?
A: Each case review may take anywhere from 20-60 minutes to complete depending on the length of the case summary and the number of attorney-provided questions. Juror payment amounts ($20-$60) reflect the amount of time it takes to review a case. The amount of payment for each case will be noted in the email invitation jurors receive. Checks are mailed once a month.
Q: Does this service provide the benefits of a real focus group?
A: Simply put, the answer is ‘No’. Nothing can replace a simulated trial where participants hear and see the presentations from attorneys and deliberate the case facts and issues as a group. OnlineVerdict.com should not be used as a substitute for focus groups and/or mock trials. The purpose of OnlineVerdict.com is to provide attorneys with feedback from qualified jurors in the case venue if they cannot afford a focus group/mock trial, if they are debating whether to take a case, or if they are looking for preliminary feedback on case issues before they conduct other research.
Q: What makes OnlineVerdict.com unique?
A: OnlineVerdict.com is owned and operated by trial consultants with years of litigation experience. OnlineVerdict.com was designed and programmed based on knowing what attorneys need to improve their cases. An additional benefit for attorneys is the option to have an experienced trial consultant review case feedback and make recommendations on case strategy, assist with jury profiling, voir dire and selection strategy, as well as design follow-up focus group or mock trial research.
Q: Can I review cases in other areas of the country?
A: Unfortunately, OnlineVerdict.com jurors are only allowed to review cases in the county or Federal District in which they live. This is how real jurors are chosen and attorneys want to know what jurors in their particular venue think about the facts of their case. Occasionally we have national surveys that all OnlineVerdict.com jurors may participate in.
Q: Are taxes taken out of my checks?
A: As an online juror you will not be an employee of OnlineVerdict.com and we do not take taxes out of your checks. You are considered to be an independent contractor with us and are responsible for reporting any additional income on your tax return. If you receive more than $600 in a calendar year from us, however, we will send you a 1099.
Q: Is the sign up process secure?
A: Yes, the OnlineVerdict.com website is a secured site. You know that your account information is secure because there is a small gold padlock symbol on the lower right-hand corner of your browser window, and the browser address window states: https// where the “s” stands for secure. We value your privacy and assure you that your email address and other account information are strictly for OnlineVerdict.com use. We do not share or rent contact information or email addresses.
Q: What if my contact information changes?
A: If you would like to update any of your account information (e.g., email address/phone number/mailing address/marital status, etc.), you can log into your juror account at www.onlineverdict.com and 'edit' your personal information. We expect all of our participants to do so when their personal contact information changes. An email message informing us of changes in your contact information will not change your information in our system.
Q: What is the definition of an “immediate family member”?
A: An immediate family member includes siblings, children, parents, spouse or significant other.
Q: Are there any long-term commitments?
A: No. Attorneys use OnlineVerdict.com on a case by case basis. If jurors no longer wish to review cases they can simply click the “Remove Me” link in one of the email invitations and their account will be deleted from the site.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Click on the appropriate link below to go directly to the sign up page.>
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