Shadow Jury Law and Legal Definition

Shadow jury refers to a group of mock jurors paid to observe a trial and report their reactions to a jury consultant hired by one of the litigants. The shadow jurors provide counsel with information about the jury’s possible reaction to the trial. Shadow jury acts as a surrogate for the real jury. Shadow jurors will be present in the courtroom with the real jury, hear and observe the same evidence and argument. However, unlike the real jury, the shadow jury agrees to be interviewed about their perceptions, understanding of the case, and beliefs regarding how the case must turn out at regular intervals. Shadow jury is also known as phantom jury.