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Jury Dynamics

  1. Edie Greene1,
  2. Christina Studebaker2

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470061589.fsa276

Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science

Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science

How to Cite

Greene, E. and Studebaker, C. 2009. Jury Dynamics. Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

  2. 2

    ThemeVision LLC, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

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Abstract

In most cases, jury verdicts are related to the strength of the evidence; whichever side has the more compelling evidence is likely to prevail. In addition, judges tend to agree with the verdict that a jury returns. These two empirical findings suggest that jury verdicts are usually defensible and reasonable. On occasion, though, jurors' decisions are influenced by personal biases and predilections, and jurors can have difficulty in understanding complicated evidence and applying abstract legal concepts. Various reforms of trial procedures, such as giving pretrial instructions, allowing jurors to take notes, and presenting jury instructions in simpler language, enhance jurors' abilities to return fair and predictable verdicts.

Keywords:

  • juror;
  • jury;
  • extralegal information;
  • predecisional bias;
  • deliberation;
  • complex evidence