Online verdict enlists individuals to serve as mock jurors, opining on cases from home
Expected pay: $20 – $60 per case (each case takes 20 minutes to one hour)
Commissions & fees: NA
Where: Nationwide (remote)
Requirements: U.S. citizen; 18 or older; never convicted of a felony; not employed as an attorney or paralegal
Online Verdict Review:
You might hate it when you get called for jury duty, but the job is a lot better when they pay you and you can review the case from home. That’s just what Online Verdict proposes to do. The site enlists side hustlers to be mock jurors.
What’s a mock juror? A reasonable person, who can say how they’d rule and why if presented with particular facts.
How it works
To sign up with this site, you’ll be asked to provide your name, contact information and some other demographic details, including your age and where you live. When the site has a case in your jurisdiction, it will contact you to see if you’re interested in opining.
The email provides basic information about the case, roughly how long it should take to review it, and the amount you’ll be paid. The site looks for 25 to 50 mock jurors per case.
Once they’re received nods from that number, the jury pool is selected and no additional jurors are added.
Like real jury duty, you’re not allowed to talk about cases you’re reviewing. The site will require you to review and sign a non-disclosure agreement.
While you’ll review cases generally online, Online Verdict pays jurors with physical checks. The site says this is to ensure that they have a U.S. address and are who they say they are.
Availability of work
This is a fairly fun and well-compensated side hustle. But, cases don’t come along every day. Expect that you’ll get contacted by Online Verdict about as frequently as you get called for regular jury duty. In some areas, you might get enlisted more often; in others, not at all.
If you like this type of work, however, you can sign up with a number of companies that provide it, including Jury Test, SignUpDirect, eJury, Virtual Jury and LegalFocusGroup.
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