What Does That Even Mean?
Litigation Attorney Daniel Small co-authored an article with the Honorable Judge Douglas H. Wilkins in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as part of a biweekly series. This article discusses the language lawyers should use when speaking to jurors.
Mr. Small and Judge Wilkins write about the value of clarity in communication to jurors. To keep a juror's attention, it is important to express legal concepts with the most direct, natural phrasing. The facts or argument are more likely to sink in with the juror when speaking in terms of action, using fewer words, simplifying sentences and avoiding abstract or generalized language.