The Viability of Virtual Jury Trials

This webinar originally aired live on 7.1.2020

In May 2020, a Texas court held the nation’s first jury trial via Zoom.

Magna Legal Services held a panel discussion, “Viability of Virtual Jury Trials”, which featured Judge Emily Miskel, who presided over that case, as well as the Civil Jury Project and other expert panelists, as we explore the plausibility of virtual trials.

View the video above to watch our panelists debate the pros and cons of remote trials, and explain in practical terms how these virtual proceedings have actually been carried out.

Panelists:
Judge Emily Miskel, 470th District Court, Collin County, TX
Judge Mark A. Drummond, Circuit Court Judge, 8th Judicial Circuit of Illinois (Retired); Judicial Director, Civil Jury Project
Christine Carbo Marziotti, Senior Litigation Counsel, Phillips 66
Jeffrey Tillotson, Esq., Founder, Tillotson Law
Daniel Wolfe, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Director of Jury Consulting, Magna Legal Services

Moderated by:
Terrell W. Oxford, Esq. Partner, Susman Godfrey LLP

Produced by:
Peter Hecht, Partner & Executive VP of Sales, Magna Legal Services
Canby Wood, Esq., Business Development Manager, Magna Legal Services

You asked, we answered!
Here’s some questions that viewers raised during the program:

Are jurors ok with just using a smartphone in the virtual environment? Can they see exhibits? What about running out of battery and data on their plan?

A:  Yes, most of the jurors used a desktop, laptop or tablet but can use a smart phone if needed. They can see exhibits but understandably they will be harder to see given the size of the screen on most smart phones as compared to a computer, and we heard about exhibits being presented in couple different ways: through a document sharing application as well as through screen sharing. If jurors are using a smart phone we encourage them to have their charger handy so they can keep their phone charged, and if they are not using an unlimited data plan we encourage them to access wifi.

Will this virtual jury selection make it more likely for people with the proper access and data to be called for this type of jury duty?

A: Jury selection will still be conducted as it always has through the Jury Plan in each jurisdiction.  However, having access to technology and data is one of the biggest concerns to ensuring a representative cross-section of jurors for virtual jury trials.

How can we ensure that the jurors and/or parties are not messaging each other in private messages?
How can we ensure the jurors are not attending the trial on one screen and googling the issues being presented on another screen or their phone, and essentially introducing extraneous evidence and biases into their deliberation process? 
Furthermore, should the deliberation process be recorded and have it be available to the court for an in camera review in case of a juror misconduct complaint?

A: The thought is that regardless of whether the trial is being held in a building or virtually, these are human nature issues and they exist in both environments and should be addressed the same way: jurors are admonished and trusted unless evidence is produced otherwise. Also you can tell by watching the participants on zoom whether they are paying attention and focused on the trial, their behavior can be watched and there are tools to determine whether they are focused and participating.

What was used and the process of showing exhibits, arguing for and against the admissibility, and eventually publishing to the jury?

A: Document sharing sites were agreed to in advance and used. And it was important to make sure there was an “IT quarterback” who managed documents as well as participants moving in and out of “rooms”.

Did you find the jury voir dire to take a comparable amount of time or significantly longer/shorter?

A:  The process was actually more efficient but did not significantly differ than what would have likely occurred if in person.

Have any of your pandemic-era trials been hybrid with the attorneys and jury live and all or some witnesses remote?

A: Yes, and it’s the worst of both worlds. It required a lot of set up in advance to ensure technology for both, ensure social distancing, etc. Better to either do completely remotely, or all in-person.

Do we have any data that would help evaluate how long a juror could stay focused during a trial that goes beyond a few days?

A: Mr. Tillotson will be releasing the data from his survey projects in July and this is one of the issues he will address.  

Question to Christine Carbo Marziotti, do you think there is anything appealable based on process?

A: Yes, on due process grounds.

View Judge Drummond’s (Civil Jury Project) newsletter here

Thank you to everyone who tuned in!
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5 Tips for Retrieving Records for Car Accidents

There are always important rules and guidelines to follow when retrieving medical records. When retrieving records due to a car accident there are a few extra steps to follow in order to get all of the correct records.

Car accidents happen far more often than we would like them to, and retrieving all the necessary records to help someone’s case is a must. This is why following the right steps and knowing what to look for when retrieving client’s medical records due to car accidents is extremely important.

Here are 5 main tips to follow and things to look for when retrieving records due to car accidents:

  1. Efficiency:

Car accidents are no joke, and neither are the injuries that may come along with them. Retrieving records in a fast and efficient way is a MUST during this process. Getting the records that are needed quickly will help build a client’s case in a timely manner with all the correct information that is necessary.

  1. Correct Confirmation:

In order to save some time and money during this process it is important to know where the records should be requested from. By doing this, it ensures that the records are being requested from the right office, as well as requesting those records from the right person. At times it can be tricky to determine how to properly serve the request due to high volume, and this leads to the records not being obtained as quickly. This is just one example on why using a record retrieval vendor can be a HUGE advantage because they help figure out all you need to know.

  1. ER Visits:

Something that is VERY important to keep in mind when retrieving medical records due to a car accident is that the ER bill and the hospital bill are separate bills. If a client went to the ER that you must get the records from the ER. It is commonly seen that the ER billing is forgotten when collecting records for a client’s case. The ER bill is extremely important because in the end it can help tremendously when it comes to the claim so that the client can get ALL of their bills paid for due to the accident.

  1. Know What You Need – Don’t Forget Certain Records:

To get all the records that are necessary make sure records are gathered from ALL doctor visits. It is important to have a client’s records from an Urgent Care, Emergency Rooms, Primary Care Physician, as well as any tests that were done during these visits. If a client had to get an X-ray, CT scan, or an MRI done then those tests will be sent out to get a more detailed report, and this is a necessary bill that is needed for the case. If the client needed Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Care, or any other health care specialist visits that is also important to have records of. Claims records that are from prior accidents are needed, as well as prescription records to help show any medications that were provided.

  1. Driving Records:

Driving records can sometimes help or hurt the case, but they are still important to have on file. These files will help to see any previous driving records for both parties, such as seeing what their driving record looks like or if they have been hurt before in any previous motor vehicle accidents. Although, a poor driving record can’t always be used as evidence that the driver was driving carelessly at the time, but in some cases it can help bring more light to the surface and help the case.

This piece originally appeared on RecordTrak.com on January 17, 2020.

Magna Legal Services made industry news in January with the acquisition of RecordTrak, the most respected record retrieval firm based in the US. Collectively, our clients can now tap into 40 plus years of experience with exclusive access to RecordTrak‘s proprietary collection portal.

Record retrieval for insurance companies has some unique and specialized processes. RecordTrak’s online and invoicing systems accommodate these needs. Whether associated with multi-party record access, third party or e-billing, we’ve been there, done that. We work with you to customize the on-boarding protocols for your counsel so you’re in control.

For more information, email Magna Legal Services directly at Info@MagnaLS.com, or contact Peter Hecht or your local account manager at 866.624.6221.

Magna Offices Re-Opening with Covid Precautions


We are excited to announce that although we have been able to seamlessly transition to 100% virtual platforms for our end-to-end litigation services, we are beginning to reopen our offices across the United States in accordance with local and federal orders.

In accordance with local and federal guidelines, the following main Magna offices will be reopening on the following dates:

1635 Market St, 8th/9th Floors
Philadelphia, PA 19103
June 8th

651 Allendale Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
June 8th

320 W. 37th St, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10018
June 15th

190 South LaSalle St, Ste. 1220
Chicago, IL 60603
June 15th

633 West Fifth St, 28th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
June 1st

130 Webster St, Ste. 100
Oakland, CA 94607
June 1st

110 SE 6th St, Ste. 1450
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Open Now

700 Milam St, Ste. 1300
Houston, TX 77002
Open Now

COVID PRECAUTIONS

In order to follow the sanitizing procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), we are taking the following precautions:

  • Magna will the maintain minimum necessary staff in each office to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any staff member who is not essential to office operations will continue to work from home.
  • A Magna staff member will be placed at each entrance with a thermometer to test all visitors. Any visitor or staff member exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms will be barred from entering Magna offices.
  • All visitors and Magna staff must wear masks.
  • All visitors and Magna staff are required to take appropriate measures to wash and sanitize their hands. Magna offices will be outfitted with numerous motion-detected hand sanitizers.
  • All Magna conference rooms will be equipped with sanitizing wipes for easy visitor use.
  • All visitors and staff are required to maintain six feet of social distancing at all times.
  • Magna will also be providing glass dividers in every conference room to lessen the spread of any germs between attendees of depositions.
  • Beverage service such as coffee and soda will continue, as well as “grab and go” food items which are individually wrapped. Magna will not be providing the usual breakfast and lunch service during this time.
  • All conference rooms will be sanitized following the conclusion of every deposition.
  • Additional cleaning at Magna offices will be provided throughout the day with a deep clean nightly by a professional cleaning service.

VIRTUAL DEPOSITIONS

All of our virtual depositions are still available via Magna Legal Vision (MLV). To schedule, click here or contact our scheduling department at scheduling@magnals.com.

Complex Medical Records, Made Simple

With services like Nurse Review & HyperNav Records Navigator, Magna transforms complex medical records into easy-to-understand information, so you can focus on building a winning case.

NURSE REVIEW

Our nurses will give you the litigation support and medical insight that you need to build your case. With a Nurse Review from Magna, you’ll receive your medical records with a summary, chronologically organized and prepared by a medical professional.

A Nurse Review will walk through the facts as they occurred, highlighting the key information and giving you an informed interpretation of the medical story at hand. Then, Magna’s Record Retrieval Portal will allow you to quickly and easily navigate through your documents.

Our experts will analyze all the medical records and get to the bottom of a difficult case efficiently and effectively. The Registered Nurses in our network have extensive experience with all medical specialties.

HYPER-NAV RECORDS NAVIGATOR

Your time is valuable. HyperNav makes record review quick & effortless:

  • Summary & Index tables provide all key information in one place
  • Everything chronologically organized
  • No more searching: Receive one PDF file with hyperlinks and bookmarks throughout
  • Seamless navigation: Each occurrence of key terms and provider/facility names are hyperlinked in the index table and highlighted throughout the PDF
  • Input new records anytime they come in discovery

CHRONOLOGY
All documents, summary table and index table are sorted by dates of service for easy navigation and a clear picture of the medical story at hand.

SUMMARY
The Summary Table at the beginning of the document includes the dates of service, a list of all clinical/diagnosis codes and key terms found, as well as a list of all the facilities/providers discovered.
Here, you will also find the CMS definitions for all referenced clinical/diagnosis codes and the National Provider Identifiers (NPI) for provider names.

INDEXING
With data indexing, you’ll find all key information in one place. HyperNav will extract the below values from your documents, organize them in an Index Table, and highlight each occurrence throughout the PDF.

  • Dates of Service
  • Facilities/Providers
  • Key Terms
  • Clinical/diagnosis codes

NAVIGATION: BOOKMARKING & HYPERLINKING
The HyperNav output combines everything into a single PDF file, with interactive hyperlinks and bookmarks throughout for quick and easy navigation.

No more scrolling:

  • Summary Table, Index Table and all individual documents are bookmarked
  • Page numbers and each key term occurrence are hyperlinked in the summary and index tables to bring you their respective locations
  • Return back to the Index Table at anytime with the link included in each page header

RECORD RETRIEVAL WITH MAGNA

Magna Legal Services made industry news in January with the acquisition of RecordTrak, the most respected record retrieval firm based in the US. Collectively, our clients can now tap into 40 plus years of experience with exclusive access to RecordTrak‘s proprietary collection portal.

For more information, email Magna Legal Services directly at Info@MagnaLS.com, or contact Peter Hecht or your local account manager at 866.624.6221.

Click here to Request a Record

Judicial Modernization: Introducing Magna LegalVision

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that industries all over the world have had to operate, and the legal field is no exception. Judicial practice and the interpretation of law must continue regardless of the Coronavirus or any other emergency factor. 

In response, law firms and legal entities must now pivot their focus from traditional methods to the latest in technological advancements in order to get the job done. That’s where Magna Legal Service’s LegalVision (MLV) online deposition platform comes into play. 

Magna is offering free video services, technical support, and custom virtual backgrounds for all April and May depositions, using Magna LegalVision.

What is Magna LegalVision?

With social distancing and widespread quarantines in effect across the country, law firms have had to get creative in order to carry out their duties. Fortunately, there is a virtual option available for conducting online witness depositions.  

Magna LegalVision is a virtual solution that allows law professionals to conduct online witness depositions remotely. The LegalVision platform allows legal professionals to engage in real-time hearings, mediations, and depositions using nothing more than a laptop, PC, tablet, or even a mobile phone.

How Does LegalVision Work?

Magna’s LegalVision platform allows you to conduct your firm’s necessary business while keeping you and your clients safe and in compliance with state rules regarding social distancing. Our full suite of features helps your team work confidently and with peace of mind by employing safe and secure technology.  

Our platform’s suite of features includes secure, fully-encrypted video streaming to assure your information stays confidential. 

We take care of all the necessary staffing for your deposition. With Magna LegalVision, we can provide:

  • A remote court reporter
  • An online legal videographer with the ability to swear in witnesses
  • Online interpreters
  • A deposition manager, who will present your exhibits and demonstratives, manage annotations, and manage breakout rooms (moving people in between rooms, controlling room access and overseeing confidentiality)

Our tech support team will be with you throughout your entire hearing. Our platform provides a completely customizable experience where you can use a virtual background and dictate how the participants are displayed on screen. Our platform even allows you to chat securely and privately with other participants even while key witnesses are speaking.

Our tech services can also help to display evidence exhibits remotely and in real time. Your evidence is displayed in a format with legal professionals in mind. Using LegalVision’s powerful tools, participants are able to annotate and otherwise mark up evidence as it is presented and share those annotations with other participants securely using our in-app messenger function. Our IT services can build a database of your evidence and package it into an easy-to-decipher presentation format for those involved. We can even use the software platform to record the deposition for you and your client(s) to review. 

With the included court reporter service, you’ll experience a near-instantaneous stream of your transcript even as testimony is happening. Our on-demand service provides your legal team with an indexed, searchable version of the transcript giving you powerful, remote tools that provide you with the leverage you need. You can rely on Magna Legal Services to keep your online deposition running smoothly and efficiently throughout the process.

Modernizing Your Law Firm

These are trying times for everyone. Businesses that fail to adapt to the changing climate, with its unique demands and difficult social constraints, run the risk of losing out. Your firm needs to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack. The Magna LegalVision online deposition platform is the point of differentiation that you need to rise above your competition. 

We invite you to take advantage of Magna’s online deposition solutions with MagnaLegalVision. Schedule a remote video deposition via email or the website today.

Remote Depositions, Except with Magna

We make remote working, a little more personal.

Magna LegalVision provides clients with real-time access to depositions, meetings, hearings and mediations. You can:

  • Connect using computers, tablets or even smartphones
  • Use a custom virtual background
  • Record entire session (mp4 format)
  • Display and annotate your exhibits
  • Schedule a court reporter, interpreter, or certified legal videographer to join remotely

The Magna Difference

We take care of our clients— you’ll feel the difference. We’re here for you 24/7, 365 days a year with client-focused customer service. When scheduling, you’ll get a confirmation of your event right away with all of the event details. We’ll provide the dial-in information to each participant and offer everyone training on how to use the Magna LegalVision platform.

Be Confident with Magna

You can be confident in hosting your event remotely— Magna’s tech support will test each parties’ equipment before the session. A MLV technician will introduce himself at the beginning of the session and will be available from start to finish.

Help is always just a click away. You could use MLV’s chat feature to ask tech support any questions you have, and get immediate help.

Certified Legal Videography: CLV is available for all MLV depositions. The videographer will provide you with an official copy of the event, for both on and off record.

Equipment Rental: Don’t have the equipment? No problem! Magna offers a state-of-the-art flight pack system: iPad & stand, bluetooth speaker, conference phone, hotspot & extension cable. We ship these flight packs hundreds of times per year, often to last-minute depositions.

Complete Deposition Management

Magna LegalVision Plus (MLV+) will provide you with full deposition management powered by one of Magna’s award-winning trial technicians. Combining years of courtroom tech experience with Magna’s virtual platform, our deposition managers are able to provide seamless support throughout the duration of your event. The deposition manager will handle:

  • Presenting exhibits, demonstratives and videos
  • Real-time management of annotations, zooming, blow-ups, highlights and markings
  • Creating and managing break-out rooms (moving people in between rooms, controlling room access and overseeing confidentiality)

Putting Your Best Face Forward

Magna’s team of talented designers will create custom virtual backgrounds tailored to your firm’s branding. For FREE. Choose a design, and we’ll customize it with your firm’s logo and colors.

Looking to learn more about our full suite of online legal services?
Give us a call at 866-624-6221
or schedule a virtual deposition today.

Witness Preparation for Remote Depositions

During the COVID-19 crisis, Magna is offering 45 minutes of FREE witness prep with one of our expert jury consultants *Discounted 10% after the first 45 minutes.

Defending a remote deposition?
The Magna LegalVision (MLV) platform allows you to virtually depose a witness, or defend a deposition, from anywhere in the world. While MLV makes remote depositions easy, there are some tips and tricks to help witnesses and attorneys perform well in a virtual platform.

Magna Legal Services has been facilitating remote depositions for over a decade. However, many people are just now taking and defending depositions for the first time in a virtual format. Magna’s consultants are experts in preparing witnesses and attorneys for remote depositions. They will share their practical tips and logistical considerations, explain how remote depositions work and the platform’s capabilities, and will provide advice to attorneys on how to prepare themselves and their witnesses.

In any setting, in-person or online, witness preparation:

  • Reduces or eliminates witness anxiety
  • Clarifies the deponent’s role in the case
  • Helps deponents stay on message
  • Assists in developing a credible conversational tone
  • Identifies and mitigates any non-verbal issues, such as tics, fidgeting or eye-rolling
  • Provides techniques for effectively handling documents and exhibits

Witness preparation eliminates the added layer of anxiety from the virtual setting by:

  • Practicing. Deponents can feel “alone” without counsel, so a practice session with the platform can help diminish this
  • Reviewing procedures for pauses, objections, and exhibits
  • Instructing deponents where to look for the most natural and effective presentation (particularly if being recorded)
  • Familiarizing participants with the remote platform’s features (chats, mute, viewing exhibits, etc.)
  • Coaching on attire and effective posture

Magna consultants will work with your key witnesses and provide them with performance feedback in a non-threatening context making suggestions regarding style, language, and demeanor. Magna consultants help witnesses feel more in control of their testimony while adhering to the rules of testimony and to avoid being “advocates” for their side of the case.  We develop “safe harbors” that give witnesses structure and tools to deal with tough cross-examination questions.  The use of videotape feedback during witness communication training can often help a witness identify what the jurors may perceive.  These tools will allow your witnesses the opportunity to learn and practice strategies in order to best respond to challenging questions and deliver the most effective message at trial.

To book a witness preparation session, or any of Magna’s services, contact us at 866.624.6221 or Scheduling@MagnaLS.com

Introducing Magna’s Newest Jury Research Platform: JuryConfirm 20/20

The “new normal” of COVID-19 has changed our daily life, but Magna Legal Services remains in full operation, ready to handle any of your jury research and support needs. This is a time to work on pending cases because once the court systems adapt, cases could move at a rapid pace. Online mock trial services and case valuation studies can provide reliable, up-to-date feedback regardless of your location. 

Magna is now introducing JuryConfirm 20/20 – the most powerful, efficient, cost-effective virtual jury research platform anywhere. It means jury research based on the most modern user interface, with cutting edge features: 

  • Redesigned immersive courtroom with unlimited research methodologies
  • Live attorney presentations
  • Unlimited research methodologies 
  • Limitless visual presentations with unrestricted video
  • More live jurors (up to 80)
  • Enhanced juror feedback with artificial intelligence-powered analytic tools
  • Live juror deliberations with more panels than ever available before (up to 6 panels of 12)
  • “Instant” reporting
  • Evidence analyzer – With smart logic and AI to automatically catalogue the highs and lows of presentations, always “taking notes” and “watching” jurors so you don’t have to

Magna is the nation’s expert in online jury research. Over the past decade we have conducted more online studies than anyone in the world – by far. We have run over 2,000 online jury research exercises, working with over 25,000 mock jurors.

JuryConfirm 20/20 not only allows us to run half-day exercises as before, but long-format 6.5 hour “plus” sessions as well. Our enhanced JuryConfirm 20/20+ platform is far more robust in capability and duration than ever before. It allows you to conduct extended focus groups in which everyone – presenters, observers, and jurors – participate remotely from their location. Lawyers present their cases for up to 60 minutes and jurors deliberate at length in our virtual courtroom, using the methodology as with in-person research. JuryConfirm 20/20+ solves the challenge of social distancing.

With an extended session of 6.5 hours, longer presentations and more deliberations than our traditional platform, this format bridges the gap between in-person research and online jury research. As with JuryConfirm, you will make presentations via webcam in real time, testing key themes and demonstratives. Our new 20/20+ platform offers: 

  • A longer research day, at 6.5 hours per session
  • Longer attorney presentations, at 60 minutes per side, plaintiff and defense
  • Longer deliberations – Jurors have more time to deliberate than in our standard JuryConfirm platform to mimic the amount of deliberation time in in-person studies
  • Juror rating system with real-time feedback that can be broken along demographic lines
  • Streamlined efficiency – By hosting research virtually, we save time by minimizing break lengths and juror down time. Managing the jurors more efficiently helps preserve the advantages of a full day’s research within the 6.5 hour time frame

Magna also offers a wide range of online legal services in addition to JuryConfirm 20/20 and 20/20+. Our online damages assessment tool, JuryEvaluator, provides you with an evaluation of potential damages by surrogate jurors. We also offer social media surveillance for plaintiffs / claimants (ClaimScout) and social media surveillance searches on prospective mock jurors (JuryScout). 

Looking to learn more about our full suite of online legal services? Give us a call at 866-624-6221 or schedule a virtual deposition today.

7th Annual Chopped for CHOP

On November 6-7, 2019, three-time mock trial winners Susan Metcalfe and Ted Schaer went head-to-head in a battle of the champions at Chopped for CHOP. This seventh annual convention was held in Atlantic City, NJ. After a panel workshop and reception to kick off the event, these two top attorneys presented their cases to win up to $20,000 to be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Who broke the tie and emerged as the grand champion this year? Read on to find out, and to learn more about this incredible two-day event.

Day One

On the first day, Magna’s own Dr. Rachel York Colangelo moderated panels of attorneys and industry executives who took part in a workshop exploring effective deposition tactics. Teams of attorneys and industry executives took part in role plays and demonstrated effective skills in deposing difficult witnesses. A panel discussion was also led by Caryn Siebert, Vice President in the carrier practice team at Gallagher Bassett, along with fellow industry experts, that focused on strategies that can be used early in a case to improve outcomes. The panel discussed examples and case studies with the attendees, taking a closer look at preparing witnesses, researching the jury, and more. 

Following the panel, attendees enjoyed a dinner reception at Indoor Pool at The Water Club before getting a good night’s rest in anticipation of the next day’s mock trial.

Day Two

The mock trial is the highlight of Chopped for CHOP, and in past years there have been numerous attorneys competing for the win. This year, Susan Metcalfe and Ted Schaer, each of whom have won this competition three times, competed alone against each other in a tie-breaking battle of the champions.

They presented their best case to a panel of judges made of claims executives and corporate counsel. Richard Fabian of the RiverStone Group generously donated his time to develop the topics and script and moderate the event. There was a lot at stake for our competing attorneys: bragging rights and $20,000 to be donated in their firm’s name to CHOP.

Competition

In the Chopped for CHOP mock trial, both attorneys received the facts of the case and presented their opening statements. They then had the opportunity to cross-examine a plaintiff and a defendant before presenting their closing arguments. After each round, the judges and the mock jurors, who were recruited and selected from the actual Atlantic City trial venue each cast a secret vote for the attorney they believed to have won the round. The judges also offered helpful feedback. 

Of course, a jury trial is unpredictable and never easy, and we made sure to throw our competing attorneys a few twists and turns. Via instant feedback technology, our audience members voted on which distractions and difficulties they wanted the attorneys to face during the mock trial. For example, a new fact emerged during the trial that had not been available in the case information prior to the event, and a pizza delivery person wandered into the courtroom to deliver a large pie to the judge. 

As expected, the attorneys handled it all with professionalism and grace, and when the competition ended, we were proud to announce the winner: Susan Metcalfe! She’s now a four-time Chopped for CHOP mock trial champion.

Chopped for CHOP is one of the many unique, interactive events we produce for attorneys, corporate counsel, and claims professionals. Among a variety of other services, from court reporting to language interpretation and document translation, we offer programs that aim to entertain and educate. We create memorable experiences and connect professionals with the opportunity to share best practices and learn from each other.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our conferences or to schedule a deposition.

Magna’s Remote Services

During the COVID-19 crisis, Magna Legal Services is offering FREE video and conference call services for ALL upcoming Magna depositions.

In light of COVID-19, we are all taking precautionary measures to protect ourselves and everyone around us by social distancing. This doesn’t mean you have to put your cases on hold. Completely remotely, you can continue to hold depositions, arbitrations, meetings, witness communication training, focus groups, mock trials, and other jury research sessions. Our remote services include:

Online Remote Video Depositions & Meetings
with Magna LegalVision

*This service is FREE for all Magna depositions during the COVID-19 crisis*

With Magna LegalVision (MLV), you can depose a witness from anywhere in the world. MLV provides clients with real-time access to depositions, meetings, hearings and mediations. You can:

  • Connect using computers, tablets or even smartphones
  • Record entire session (mp4 format)
  • Display and annotate your exhibits
  • Schedule a court reporter or interpreter to join remotely
  • Use a free custom virtual background, created by Magna
  • Video feed your witness directly into a courtroom for live testimony

You can be confident in hosting your event remotely — Magna will test equipment before the session and our tech support will be available from start to finish. The MLV platform is fully encrypted and secure.

Certified Legal Videography: CLV is available for all MLV depositions. The videographer will provide you with an official copy of the event, for both on and off record.

Equipment Rental: Magna offers a state-of-the-art flight pack system: iPad & stand, bluetooth speaker, conference phone, hotspot & extension cable. We ship these flight packs hundreds of times per year, often to last-minute depositions.

Virtual Backgrounds: Magna’s team of talented designers will create custom virtual backgrounds tailored to your firm’s branding. For FREE. Choose a design, and we’ll customize it with your firm’s logo and colors.

MAGNA LEGALVISION PLUS
Magna LegalVision Plus (MLV+) will provide you with full deposition management powered by one of Magna’s award-winning trial technicians. Combining years of courtroom tech experience with Magna’s virtual platform, our deposition managers are able to provide seamless support throughout the duration of your event. The deposition manager will handle:

  • Presenting exhibits, demonstratives and videos
  • Real-time management of annotations, zooming, blow-ups, highlights and markings
  • Creating and managing break-out rooms (moving people in between rooms, controlling room access and overseeing confidentiality)

Here’s how to use MLV

Online Arbitrations

Magna is offering the ability to run your arbitration online using Magna’s revolutionary JuryConfirm platform. Key features include:

  • Virtual simulation of court room environment
  • Live presentations
  • Interactive avatars representing live arbitrators
  • Live arbitrator discussions (with remote facilitation)
  • Enhanced knowledge based management system
  • Reduced costs and time efficient

The JuryConfirm platform is completely encrypted and secure. Magna will test equipment before the session (for available parties) and our tech support will be available from start to finish.

Online Focus Groups
with JuryConfirm

Magna’s JuryConfi­rm online jury research platform allows us to efficiently and cost-effectively test theories, themes and storylines in an abbreviated, yet still fully interactive jury research session.

Magna’s methodology and customized software provides clients with insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their case and an understanding of the jury’s potential thought process. JuryConfirm’s interface uses instant feedback technology, online polling, and moderated break-out deliberation rooms to create the benefits of in-person research in an online environment.

Key features:

  • Limitless visual capabilities: Present exhibits, videos & other visual aids
  • Evidence analyzer powered by AI: Automatically takes notes & watches jurors
  • Virtual simulation of court room environment with interactive avatars representing live jurors
  • Live attorney presentations & jury deliberations
  • Real-time results: Fully-customized questionnaires & polling, including presentation feedback
  • Detailed reports featuring case evaluation, theme development, and jury profiles

Online Damages Assessment
with JuryEvaluator

What is your case worth? A JuryEvaluator analysis provides you with an evaluation and perceptions of potential damages by surrogate jurors in your venue. The report includes a statistically reliable range, including economic, non-economic, and apportionment of liability.

  • Results based on your actual case, not similar cases
  • Live research captures current attitudes and biases of jurors
  • Research conducted in your actual venue
  • Research based on current media climate and attitude

Witness Preparation

During the COVID-19 crisis, Magna is offering 45 minutes of FREE witness prep with one of our expert jury consultants *Discounted 10% after the first 45 minutes.

Defending a remote deposition?
The Magna Legal Vision (MLV) platform allows you to virtually depose a witness, or defend a deposition, from anywhere in the world. While MLV makes remote depositions easy, there are some tips and tricks to help witnesses and attorneys perform well in a virtual platform.

Magna Legal Services has been facilitating remote depositions for over a decade. However, many people are just now taking and defending depositions for the first time in a virtual format. Magna’s consultants are experts in preparing witnesses and attorneys for remote depositions. They will share their practical tips and logistical considerations, explain how remote depositions work and the platform’s capabilities, and will provide advice to attorneys on how to prepare themselves and their witnesses.

In any setting, in-person or online, witness preparation:

  • Reduces or eliminates witness anxiety
  • Clarifies the deponent’s role in the case
  • Helps deponents stay on message
  • Assists in developing a credible conversational tone
  • Identifies and mitigates any non-verbal issues, such as tics, fidgeting or eye-rolling
  • Provides techniques for effectively handling documents and exhibits

Witness preparation eliminates the added layer of anxiety from the virtual setting by:

  • Practicing. Deponents can feel “alone” without counsel, so a practice session with the platform can help diminish this
  • Reviewing procedures for pauses, objections, and exhibits
  • Instructing deponents where to look for the most natural and effective presentation (particularly if being recorded)
  • Familiarizing participants with the remote platform’s features (chats, mute, viewing exhibits, etc.)
  • Coaching on attire and effective posture

Interpreting

With Magna, you can trust that your interpreter is a vetted professional with the necessary language skills and professionalism to ensure your success.

Language OnCall is an on-demand telephonic interpretation service that allows you to connect to an interpreter for any language in just seconds — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! To request an interpreter, call 877.213.1193. The operator will ask a few basic questions and connect you to your interpreter instantly.

You can also schedule an interpreter to attend Magna LegalVision sessions or other events.

To book any service, call 866.624.6221 or email scheduling@magnals.com.