Mock Trials

DecisionQuest’s mock trial service is a comprehensive, first-person test of multiple aspects of your case, including overall themes and storytelling, opening and closing arguments, witness testimony, exhibits, key demonstratives and more. Our mock trials can be conducted in-person or remote.

Coupling years of experience with insight from our proprietary juror response and measurement technology, our experienced trial consultants will provide both qualitative and quantitative analysis to help shape a persuasive strategy for your case.

The place to find out how well your case works isn’t the courtroom – it’s with us.

In-Person and Remote Mock Trials for All Case Types  

Our mock trials are highly structured, carefully designed proceedings that test multiple aspects of your presentation with surrogate jurors. We recruit surrogate jurors from your venue who are representative of your potential jury pool, down to demographics, socioeconomic status, political leanings and more. In this environment, clients present the aspects of the case they wish to test and receive in-depth analysis of the results and recommendations from our team of trial consultants, including:  

  • If a line of reasoning works—or doesn’t  
  • If an exhibit or a witness is convincing—or isn’t 
  • If opening statements hook emotions—or don’t 
  • If closing statements seal the deal—or don’t  
  • Damage analysis (critical as a negotiation aid) 
  • Post-verdict discussion 

But that is just the beginning. After the mock trial, our consultative approach also includes working with you to enhance the delivery of your themes by, for example, preparing witnesses on the nuances of effective testimony through teaching them about the importance of posture, nonverbal cues and other details that can transform adequate testimony into something much more compelling.  Through our results and surrogate juror feedback we can develop profiles of dangerous and potentially favorable jurors, key voir dire questions you will need to ask and ultimately, if desired, appear in the courtroom to assist with jury selection.   

Because effective courtroom communication is all about subtleties, our in-person mock trials also include our proprietary Moment-to-Moment® computer-based measuring system. This technology puts you inside the minds of jurors by watching on screen as they instantly rate all aspects of your presentation with handheld scoring devices. By tracking how jurors react in real time, we can spot key issues you might otherwise miss and help you build a winning strategy around this critical feedback. 

In addition to gaining insight and data from juror feedback and interactions, our mock trial process also leverages data from our national juror research studies and collective experience to develop a persuasive strategy for your case. 

Our mock trials are custom-tailored to your needs. Whether a single mock trial or multiple sessions in one day, we can conduct in person or online projects, anywhere, no matter the case load.