Jury Surveillance Service

JuryScout

Do you want to know what your jurors are saying about your case?
Jurors may be posting comments about you and your case online! JuryScout can access information on jurors during jury selection, trial and post-verdict.  JuryScout can monitor their internet activity to ensure that they are following the court’s instructions, and also gain valuable insight into their thoughts throughout trial and their activities post-verdict.
As of January 2020, there are 3.8 billion social media users. In fact, 84% of people worldwide who have access to the internet use social media. Facebook is the world’s 3rd most visited website, after Google and YouTube, with roughly 2.5 billion monthly users. Twitter is the world’s 6th most-visited website with 330 million monthly active users, Instagram has over 1 billion monthly users and Snapchat has about 218 million daily users.
JuryScout monitors:
  • Social networks (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Blogs and Journals
  • Online Communities
  • Twitter and other microblogs
  • Message Boards
  • Social news sites
  • Business networks
  • Personal websites
 
 
Predicting Juror Behavior

JuryScout can create detailed profiles for each individual juror based on their online habits, which include but are not limited to: frequency of updates (in terms of photos, status, and comments), the number of social network profiles each juror has, whether their blogs and profiles are protected (i.e., private vs. public), the number of online aliases, how much personal content is revealed within public forums, thoughts on current events, relevant trial issues or possible biases.

By creating a personalized matrix of information for each potential juror, JuryScout can provide additional insights into whether or not a juror has attributes that lead to bias. Additionally, jurors may be monitored during trial and/or post-verdict to see if they are posting about aspects of the case and/or communicating amongst one another during trial.

For example, Magna was retained post-verdict for a high-profile case involving sexual harassment of an employee. Following an unfavorable verdict, JuryScout was able to go back and look at cached information and located four (4) jurors who violated the court’s instruction not to research or discuss the case. Counsel was able to use this information as part of the appeal.

Background Information
As courts are by and large limiting access to jurors during jury selection, JuryScout can be used as a compliment to traditional jury selection services (such as voir dire questionnaire development and public records searches). Social media information may provide additional information on venire panelists which when compiled, may show political and religious affiliations, biases, and the like.