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Q: How does OnlineVerdict work?
A: Lawyers will post a case summary and verdict questions to the OnlineVerdict, with the option of having 25 or 50 jury-eligible people like you review the case facts and provide feedback on the case issues. Registered jurors in the venue the case was filed will receive an email invitation to review the case, and when completed, will receive payment for their time. Juror feedback is then tabulated and presented to the lawyer or legal professional who posted the case. It is that simple.
Q: How do I become qualified to participate as an OnlineVerdict juror?
Q: What should I expect?
A: Jurors who have completed their profile and established a login username and password will receive an email invitation after an attorney has posted a case in their venue. You have the option to participate in a case by clicking on a link within the email that will take you to the OnlineVerdict website. If you do not wish to participate you can simply ignore or delete the invitation. Registered jurors have no obligation to review cases or to finish reviewing a case once they start. However, you will only receive payment if you complete the study. The number of cases posted in your venue will determine the number of possible case review invitations you will receive.
Q: Are there any long-term commitments? Can I delete my account?
A: There are no long-term commitments. If you no longer wish to review cases simply click the “Remove Me” link in one of the email invitations you receive and your user account will be deleted from the site. If you would like to delete your juror account before a case invitation arrives, just login to your juror account with your email address and password and click on “Delete My Account”.
Q: May I participate in other mock juries or do surveys from other companies and still be a juror for OnlineVerdict?
A: Yes. We do not restrict what other survey work you do. We are just happy to have you as an OnlineVerdict juror.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Click here to go directly to the Juror Sign Up page.
Q: Are there any signup or participation fees for jurors?
A: There are no fees to sign up or participate as a juror with OnlineVerdict. We pay you to review cases for us.
Q: How much will I get paid?
A: Each case review may take anywhere from 20-60 minutes to complete depending on the length of the case summary and the number of attorney-provided questions. Juror payment amounts ($20-$60) reflect the amount of time we estimate it takes to review a case. The amount of payment for each case will be noted in the email invitation you receive. Checks are mailed 1-2 weeks after you complete your case review.
Q: Can I get paid by PayPal or some other online method?
A: The only way we pay our jurors is by a check sent through the mail. This assures us that participants are who they say they are and that they live in the venue in which their account is based.
Q: Are taxes taken out of my checks?
A: As an online juror you will not be an employee of OnlineVerdict and we do not take taxes out of your checks. You are considered to be an independent contractor with us and are responsible for reporting any additional income on your tax return. If you receive more than $600 in a calendar year from us, however, we will send you a 1099.
Q: When will I receive a case? / Why haven’t I received a case lately?
A: The number of cases available to review is dependent on the number of attorneys in your area using our system at any given time. As soon as a case is available to review you will be notified at the email address we have on file.
Q: How many cases can I expect in my area?
A: Unfortunately, we cannot respond to every case frequency question about every county in the United States. The number of cases available to review is dependent on the number of attorneys in your area using our system at any given time. In general, major metropolitan areas tend to have more activity than smaller counties, but we do have cases all across the country. We started out in the Midwest but are growing nationally every day. As soon as a case is available to review you will be notified at the email address we have on file.
Q: My county or district doesn’t seem to have much activity lately. Can I review cases in nearby counties or areas of the country?
A: Unfortunately, OnlineVerdict jurors are only allowed to review cases in the county or Federal District in which they live. This is how real jurors are chosen and attorneys want to know what jurors in their particular venue think about the facts of their case. Occasionally we have national surveys that all OnlineVerdict jurors may participate in. As soon as a case is available to review you will be notified at the email address we have on file.
Q: I heard about OnlineVerdict and would like more information. How do I sign up?
A: All the information about our service is on our website. Essentially, we ask mock jurors to review case summaries for attorneys. Payment ranges from $20 for about 20-30 minutes of your time and can be $60 or more for longer cases.
If you are interested in participating go to the Sign Up page. Do not send us your resume. Just fill out the juror sign up form.
Q: How can I delete my juror account?
A: Login to your account with your email address and password. There is an option to delete your account on that page.
Q: What if my email address and/or contact information changes?
A: If you would like to update any of your account information (e.g., email address, contact info, marital status, etc.), you can login to your juror account and ‘edit’ your personal information. You can also change your password. We expect all of our participants to do so when their personal contact information changes. An email message informing us of changes in your contact information will not change your information in our system.
Q: I forgot my password. Can you help me login to my account?
A: If you forgot the password to your account just go to the juror login page and click on the “forgot password” link. Your password will be emailed to the address on file.
Q: I filled out the form but it keeps taking me back to the sign up page.
A: If the sign up page reappears after you hit submit, you must have missed answering one of the questions. That question(s) should be highlighted in red at the top of the form. You will also have to re-enter your password for security reasons. Please make sure you have answered all the questions and try submitting the form again. Once the form is accepted a “thank you for signing up” page will appear. You will also receive a confirmation email from us when the sign up process is complete. If you don’t receive this confirmation email please check your junk/spam folder and make sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list.
Q: The sign up form will not accept my password.
A: There are no requirements for passwords except that they be at least 6 characters (any combination of letters, numbers or symbols). If the sign up page keeps reappearing and your password is blank it is most likely because you have missed answering one of the questions on the signup form. The password field returns blank for security reasons.
Q: The county drop-down box is not working on the sign up form.
A: We do know that the signup form does not work properly on iPhones, Blackberrys and WebTV. So make sure you sign up using an actual computer.
If you are on an actual computer and there are no counties listed in the drop-down menu, the first step is to try selecting a different state (two questions earlier) and then re-selecting your current state. This will reset the county drop-down menu.
If all else fails, you may want to try completing the form on another computer/internet browser. This is a very rare problem, but it has something to do with the user’s computer set up and is not a problem with the sign up form itself.
Q: What is the definition of an “immediate family member”?
A: An immediate family member includes siblings, children, parents, spouse or significant other.
Q: I live in Virginia but my city is not in a county. Why do I have to select a county?
A: The sign up form requires an answer to every question before it will be accepted. We are aware of the county situation in Virginia, so please just select the county that is closest to where you live when completing the form. This will not affect how often you are selected for cases because we manually recruit by city according to the jury districts in those areas of the country that do not have counties.
Q: I’m uncomfortable sharing my personal information. Why do you need to know so much about me?
Q: Is the sign up process secure?
A: We value your privacy and you can be assured that the OnlineVerdict website is a secured site. We use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, the industry’s top standard encryption protocol to keep your personal information secure. SSL sends all personal identifiable information to our secure server in an encrypted code, which only we can read. You know that your account information is secure because there is a small gold padlock symbol on the lower right-hand corner of your browser window, and the browser address window states: https// where the “s” indicates a secure page.
Q: What if I currently live abroad but I am a US citizen?
A: If you currently have a US mailing address, a U.S. driver’s license and/or are registered to vote in the U.S., you can sign up as an OnlineVerdict juror. When creating your account, use the U.S. address reflected on your driver’s license and/or voter registration. Please note that we will not mail checks to foreign addresses.
Q: Can Canadians or citizens of other countries participate?
A: We appreciate your interest, but OnlineVerdict jurors must be jury eligible and that requires U.S. citizen status. Attorneys want to know what potential jurors in their particular venue think about the facts of their case. You may only participate in OnlineVerdict if you are a U.S. citizen, have a US mailing address, a U.S. state driver’s license and/or are registered to vote in the U.S. Unfortunately, we don’t offer a similar service in Canada.
Q: Do I need to be a US citizen to participate? What if I have a green card?
A: Thank you for your interest but our OnlineVerdict.com jurors must be jury eligible and that requires U.S. citizen status. Attorneys want to know what potential jurors in their particular venue think about the facts of their case.