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Simulated Court Hearing Research

  • Designed to help the trial team create their most persuasive arguments before a trial judge in a matter of great importance
  • Our study process can accurately and reliably identify the arguments and evidence that will most likely influence the judge favorably for your client
  • Utilizes retired trial judges familiar with the venue and issues
  • The scientific methods used have been perfected over the past 30 years
Why Our Simulated Court Hearing Studies Are So Helpful

The trial consultants with The Advocates were the first of the national trial consulting firms to offer a reliable process for the study of trial and appellate judge decision making in the United States. Our study process has many intricate parts and subtleties that result in obtaining information about how any particular trial judge will go about making a decision in a particular matter of great importance.

As a result of recent legislation and appellate court rulings, many important decisions are being made by judges that are dispositive in a case. Trial judges are now making important decisions about patent interpretations, expert witness qualifications, class certifications (and many other matters) in addition to their previous role as the fact finder in a bench trial. The type of decisions and the risk associated with them make preparation for bench hearings and trials as important as any jury trial or arbitration.

We know from a great deal of research that trial judges are just as concerned about making the right decision as are jurors and arbitrators. We know that they form a story in their minds of what happened in the case or what happened in the situation that they are asked to make a decision about. This is governed to a great extent by their attitudes about specific issues in the case, their previous life experiences, and other factors. We know that they will filter information and judge the credibility of the attorneys and parties in the same way jurors and arbitrators do. We know that they want to make decisions that they can be proud of and that are meaningful to them.

It is important for us to know the kinds of perceptions and attitudes the judge will bring to a case. One of our most important services is providing the trial team and client with information about how a judge will perceive the case and how to develop the case presentation in a way that is tailored to be persuasive to a particular judge or panel of judges.

In providing these services, we generally conduct a mock court hearing that involves retired or former trial judges and have characteristics similar to that of the judge who will be making the decision in the case.

Regardless of the kind of decision that you will be asking a judge to make, you will benefit from a court hearing study. By learning the perceptions and approaches that the trial judge will utilize in making decisions in your case, you have a better chance of developing the themes and story that will make a favorable ruling more likely. There is also some inherent value in the rehearsal process.

About The Advocates

We are the nation's most experienced and successful team of professional trial consultants and jury consultants. Our firm offers you a powerful array of resources that can insure your best chance to prevail in litigation regardless of the venue or issues involved. We offer you the assistance of more than 40 highly skilled professional people, including 23 jury consultants and trial consultants in 17 office locations in major cities within the United States.

Our reputation over the past 30 years has been built on a solid foundation of helping trial attorneys and corporate counsel like you achieve your goals of reliably and accurately assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your litigation cases and successfully persuading judges, juries and arbitrators in trial and arbitration.

The success of The Advocates can be traced to one principle: We provide creative and reliable solutions to litigation problems that meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

We Are Accessible and Convenient

Our professional staff members live near our offices and also work in all venues in the United States. We are accessible to you wherever you live or wherever your litigation takes you. Our offices are located in Atlanta (Georgia), Chicago (Illinois), Dallas (Texas), Denver (Colorado), Fort Worth (Texas), Houston (Texas), Jacksonville (Florida), Los Angeles (California), Miami (Florida), New York (New York), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Phoenix (Arizona), San Diego (California), San Francisco (California), Tampa (Florida), Washington (D.C.), and West Palm Beach (Florida).

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