Bar News - June 21, 2013
iJuror App Is Handy and Visual
By: Kirk Charles Simoneau
Let me start by pointing out that I am not a nerd. I am not a geek. I am not smart enough for those technologically savvy labels. I wish. Those terms, once, were derogatory, but today, geeks and nerds rule the world by creating smart phone apps like iJuror. Apps so easy to use that people like me buy them, use them and tell others, like you, about them.
iJuror is a $9.99 jury selection app originally designed by Scott Falbo for the iPad, and now available for Android devices and Windows 8. It is a highly visual app. It looks a lot like the apps my first-grader, Rebecca, often downloads, but that’s okay; it’s also easy to use and loaded with features.
When the app launches, lawyers can create a new trial, or select a previous trial, and enter a custom seat layout. The app creates a virtual jury box with virtual jurors. You select their hair color, race, gender and other traits to create their avatars. Imagine, no more counting and recounting seats to make sure youve got the right juror. Just tap on the blond lady avatar that matches up with the blond lady in seat seven or tap on the bald guy in seat three.
Drop-down menus allow you to enter key demographic information gathered from the jury questionnaire and create your own categories to input information gathered during voir dire. You can also add your own feelings – whether you “like,” “don’t like” or aren’t sure about a given juror – with matching green, red and yellow backgrounds behind the avatar. You can also add notes about each juror as the trial progresses.
During the trial, you can click on an avatar and see that a given juror is a 27-year-old chef who’s never been arrested, is married to a social worker, has seven children, served on one prior jury, and you don’t like him, because he seemed to lean toward the defense point of view during early questioning. Information from the app can be shared with your co-counsel, or legal team, via email or Bluetooth, making it simpler to keep track of peremptory and for-cause strikes on both sides.
As attorney-conducted voir dire is permitted more often in our courts, keeping track of which jurors you’ve spoken with and what you’ve asked is more important than ever. iJuror lets you do that. It even keeps track of your ideal juror by tracking your successes, and occasional failures, over multiple trials and identifying patterns over time.
After tracking the past several trials, I can tell you my ideal juror is a slightly heavy-set, older lady. Go figure.