The Jury BoxIt should be no surprise that civil trials with juries are on a downward trend.  A recent Dallas Morning News article cites a number of factors from tort reform, the expense of trial, activist judges, binding arbitration, and the Texas Supreme Court. 

The most surprising was the theory that Judges distrust juries and therefore would rather

The Great Whiskey Ring Trial courtesy of Cornell University

Although it’s nice to have high paid jury consultants and days to ponder potential jurors, the reality is in most jury trials the lawyer is handed a list of potential jurors minutes before they walk in the Courtroom door.  It’s then up to the lawyer and his client to sift through basic information about the