Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Step into just about any courtroom on day one of trial, and you will see attorneys and consultants using their own particular systems for managing the flood of critical information coming from the panel during oral voir dire. We’ve long since given up on paper as the medium for writing briefs or for organizing spreadsheets, yet we still generally cling to paper methods—usually Post-It notes arranged in a grid—when it comes to note-taking during jury selection. That is partly because viable electronic tools for the task are only just coming on to the market, and partly because it is hard to switch methods during the stressful moments of jury selection.
Video Review: Jury Box Version 3.03
The new tools, however, are doing a lot to address the stress. And, while much of the focus has been drawn to the iPad’s jury selection apps, one of the most promising new programs is for the good old laptop. Jury Box is designed by Adam Gordon, a Deputy District Attorney for San Diego County, and it aims to aid attorneys and consultants in collecting and organizing information during voir dire. In the video below, I took up the task of reviewing Jury Box’s latest update, Version 3.03, and commenting on some of the advantages the program offers over others on the market.