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The Psychology of the Courtroom

Published by New Jersey Association for Justice


Livestream from the New Jersey Boardwalk seminar.

The psychology of the courtroom involves more than just jurors. It involves public attitudes, media trends, political climate, case messengers and ourselves as attorneys.

Join nationally known jury consultant and author of both “Jury Trials Outside In: Leveraging Psychology from Discovery to Decision” and “The Witness Preparation Partner: A Guide to Becoming the Ready Messenger” for a three-hour seminar that takes us on a journey through the psychological issues that affect jury trials. Our tour starts with a broad look at political and community issues and guides us through the courtroom, ending with an introspective look at ourselves as lawyers.

What questions will be explored?

• How are young Millennials affecting the jury pool?
• What impact does the recent media focus on #metoo, political corruption and corporate scandal have on juror decision-making?
• What changes have been seen in the jury pool since the transition of political power in 2017?
• How do jurors define “fair?” • What are the pitfalls plaintiffs face with today’s jury?
• How must we account for the psychology of our own witness messengers at trial?
• Are we paying enough attention to our own psychology and the resulting peripheral messages we are sending?

This seminar will be streamed live over the internet so a reliable, high-speed internet connection is required to participate. Before registering, please check your internet connection at, to make sure the download speed on the computer you will be using is at least 5 mbps.

Melissa Gomez, Ph.D.
Melissa M. Gomez holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked on over 700 jury trials across the United States with a focus on the psychology of learning, behavior and...More
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Originally Published

May 10, 2018

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • The Psychology of the Courtroom - Video
  • The Psychology of the Courtroom - Paper 1

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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