Monthly Archives: January 2011

Plain language for jurors

Just a quick update today to send a cheer to the Louisiana Supreme Court, which is joining the bandwagon to improve civil jury instructions. Juries have an undeserved reputation for being unable to handle complex civil cases. In fact, much … Continue reading

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Celebrity jurors

The roundup of jury news this week notes that a couple famous faces failed to make it onto juries: Joe Biden got called in Delaware but was dismissed before long, though his entire pool got sent away. Nothing personal there. … Continue reading

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The lone dissenter (vs. a national consensus)

We have written previously at this blog about minority views on juries. Past research has shown that dissenting jurors often hold their ground, particularly when more than one juror holds the minority point of view. But what about when a … Continue reading

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The burden jurors carry

For most people, jury service amounts to just a few days in the courtroom. The trial may be low stakes and over in a day, or it may last a full week. Longer, more intensive trails aren’t the norm, but … Continue reading

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