The American justice system and courts are jam-packed with civil and criminal cases that have millions of dollars at stake. One bad move or faulty argument by an attorney, and an entire corporation could face bankruptcy. To test arguments and evidence, some attorneys turn to companies that offer “test” juries. It is the closest thing they have to a crystal ball. Lawyers offer evidence or give presentations to people similar to potential real jurors and see what happens. That’s where you come in.
How It Works
Similar to actual jury duty, your name goes into a virtual pool where you’re chosen randomly or by the area you live in. If chosen, you are sent files so you can hear, read or see the arguments. Then you fill out a questionnaire and return it.
Ejury pays $5 – $10 per case, depending on its length.
Trial Juries pays $30 or more via PayPal depending on the complexity of the case. You’re not obligated to participate and you can stop at any time.
Online Verdict pays $20 – $60 per case depending on the complexity. Checks are mailed once a month. The number of “cases” depends on the number of attorneys in your area. Time range per case is 20 minutes to 1 hour.
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must be a US citizen
- Must be of sound mind
- Must be able to read and write
- Cannot have been convicted of a felony
- Cannot be an attorney, paralegal, or legal assistant
- Cannot be employed by an attorney
- Cannot be related to an attorney (married or by blood)
- Cannot be employed as an insurance adjuster, or associated with the adjusting of liability claims
Participating in virtual juries won’t prevent a jury summons or jury duty. The experience can help prepare you for actual service. The companies also offer some quick cash, although you won’t get rich. The signups are painless and take less than two minutes each.
This has been a guest post by August from Granite Falls, NC
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