Trial Consultants and Our Judicial System
Experienced trial consultants, including the professional people on our own trial consulting team, have a deep and abiding respect for the law and the administration of justice in the United States. They view their role as one of helping a trial lawyer and a litigant to do their best job in telling their story and in persuading judges, jurors, and arbitrators.
Trial consultants provide services that enhance the effectiveness of a trial lawyer's case presentation in the courtroom. Trial consultants can help identify the strengths and weaknesses of a client's position in an upcoming trial and assist in helping a trial lawyer enhance the effectiveness of his or her trial strategy. They can help key fact and expert witnesses to overcome obstacles they have in telling the truth of their story in the courtroom. They can help to identify potential jurors who will be inappropriately influenced for or against a party in ways that the potential juror cannot articulate or admit. Depending upon their training, skill, and background they can do a lot to help a trial attorney and his or her client to maximize the effectiveness of their role in a trial.
These abilities of a trial consultant are designed to make our trial advocacy system stronger and more effective.
Many trial consultants, such as the professional staff in our firm, are governed by one or more sets of professional ethics promulgated by national, state, and local professional societies. Those of us who are attorneys are obligated and trained to observe the ethical rules and considerations that are applicable to all lawyers. Those of us who are psychologists are equally obligated and trained to observe the ethical rules and guidelines that are applicable to psychologists and psychological researchers. All of us are obligated and trained to observe the ethical rules and practice guidelines of trial consultants.