The biggest thing you can do to protect a juror’s autonomy,
is to actually give them a choice.
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You’re listening to From Hostage to Hero Podcast Episode number 4. The biggest thing you can do to protect a juror’s autonomy, is to actually give them a choice.
Welcome to From Hostage to Hero, a podcast where trial lawyers learn how to free themselves and the jury. And now your host, Sari de la Motte…
Welcome to the From Hostage to Hero Podcast, my name is Sari de la Motte, aka the Attorney Whisperer. I’m so thrilled that you’re here and listening; I’m having such fun recording these podcasts and hope you’re having as much fun listening to them as I am creating them.
In the last several podcasts we’ve been talking about the concept of juror as hostage. We’ve talked about the S-C-A-R-F model from David Rock, author of Your Brain at Work, and the five social needs that when threatened, can activate the survival instinct in the brain. Those five things are Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness and Fairness.
We’ve also been moving through theFive ‘P’s’ that will help us reverse the threat jury selection creates, those P’s being:
We tackled Provide Certainty in the last podcast, so in today’s podcast, let’s move onto “Protect Autonomy.”
Ooh, this is the big one, isn’t it? Yes, jury selection threatens a juror’s status by making them speak in public, in front of a group of strangers, and yes, jurors have the least amount of information in the room which threatens certainty, but lack of autonomy is the big threat to jurors. It’s what makes them hostages!
Jurors cannot choose to not attend jury selection. They MUST attend. This threatens their autonomy. So let’s talk about why this is such a big deal and how you can reverse this threat.
Sari de la Motte is the host of "From Hostage to Hero" and has been dubbed the "Attorney Whisperer" because of her unique ability to help attorneys communicate their real selves.