Does the Pitch of Your Voice Impact Audience Perception?

Posted By CourtroomLogic Consulting on Sunday, January 08, 2017 | Comments (0)

Imagine you’re sitting in a jury box, and the trial attorney sounds just like Morgan Freeman. Or James Earl Jones.  Or Matthew McConaughey.  Or even Kathleen Turner or Judi Dench.

Then imagine that we can clone that attorney and make a “twin” who is 100% identical in look, style, demeanor, presentation, diction– everything but for the pitch of voice. One is a baritone and the other, a tenor.

Who do you think the audience would deem more trustworthy?  More competent?  As the better leader?

Research suggests that the baritone (or bass) speaker would have an edge over the tenor.  And




Don’t You… Forget About Me (During Voir Dire)

Posted By CourtroomLogic Consulting on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | Comments (0)

As much as I hate to admit this, I have a confession to make: When I received a jury summons in the mail a few weeks ago I let out an audible groan.  This jury consultant was a prospective juror.  Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge supporter of our jury system and feel truly blessed to live in a country that affords us the privilege of serving.  On the other hand, it really can be a royal pain.

The courthouse

Monday morning, I schlepped down to the courthouse with the other fortunate souls holding a summons.  Parking is a




Because I Said So: Admonishing the Jury

Posted By CourtroomLogic Consulting on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 | Comments (0)

 

I recently witnessed a state court trial judge do something I wish all judges would do.  When swearing in the jury the trial judge actually explained why certain things were on the “must not do” list.  I wanted to run up to the bench and give her a high-five, but instead I maintained proper courtroom demeanor and simply expressed an ever-so-slight head nod.

People of all ages benefit from understanding the logic that fuels a directive.  I’ll bet every single reader can think of a rule, directive or instruction that was completely disregarded or pooh-poohed because the effects of