Fox has ordered unscripted series You the Jury, in which the audience decides the verdict of civil cases, the network announced Thursday. But this is not the same project that NBC ordered from Dick Wolf back in 2015.
Hosted by Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, You the Jury features six top attorneys — Casey Anthony rep Jose Baez, Benjamin Crump, Joseph Tacopina, Areva Martin, Mike Cavalluzzi, and Charla Aldous — who will present their arguments to America and former judge of the Superior Court of California LaDoris Cordell.
The closing arguments will be presented by the plaintiff and defendant before America is given a five-minute window to vote via text and the Fox Now app. The live verdict will be revealed at the end of the eastern/central broadcast. While the verdict is then legally binding, should the cumulative votes lead to a different verdict after west coast broadcast, the original verdict will be overturned. Seriously.
If this all sounds familiar, that’s because NBC ordered a reality show with roughly the same title and the exact same premise from Dick Wolf in 2015. Law & Order: You the Jury, a collaboration with production company Magical Elves, was set to be a one-hour show that would air live civil cases and allow viewers to vote. The status of Wolf’s project is unclear — NBC did not immediately respond to comment — though it’s still listed as “upcoming” under Wolf’s bio on the network’s press site.
The Fox project, however, hails from production company Renegade 83, with Jay Renfroe, David Garfinkle, and Conrad Green serving as executive producers.
You the Jury will debut Friday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.