Winning Trial Strategies: Top Tips for Defendants in Presenting Complex Scientific Principles to a Jury
You rise to present your opening statement and explain to the jury how the science supports your client’s case — and you see their eyes start to glaze over and lids get heavy the moment you first mention “micrograms per meter cubed” or “standardized incidence ratio” or “differential etiology.” The key scientific issues — the very ones that should win your case — are going over the jury’s head!
The scenario outlined above grows increasingly common and more challenging in a world where science evolves and impacts our daily lives by leaps and bounds at a breakneck speed, and where jurors obtain their news in tweets and headlines and 90-second online videos.
Complex scientific issues, however, are frequently outcome determinative for the defendant in a variety of personal injury cases and often key to winning a case. Effective use of the following strategies, among others, will help you make your key scientific arguments in a persuasive and accessible manner, and also avoid juror confusion and malaise.