Monthly Archives: May 2011

The active juror – A plea for permitting juror questions

A new editorial in the Chicago Sun-Times makes a good case for letting jurors ask questions in civil trials. The piece points out that the practice often has no law forbidding it, it’s just not conventional practice. One of the … Continue reading

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Reading about juries while serving on a jury

This blog is, in part, about a book, The Jury & Democracy, which we wrote to share the findings of our research on the jury experience. All along, we’d hoped the book would find its way into the hands of … Continue reading

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New data on juror utilization and satisfaction

A recent article in Third Branch has happy news about the jury system in the U.S. Last year, 59,405 American citizens served on federal petit juries, with a national average of 39 percent of jurors not selected, serving, or challenged … Continue reading

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New Mexico celebrates the jury

Charles Daniels, the Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, had a nice essay in the New Mexico Bar Bulletin praising the state’s jury system. He points out at one point that New Mexico: is unique in the United … Continue reading

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Juries in Japan

A new article has come out in the Illinois Law Review that provides a more comprehensive look at the Japanese jury system, which is still relatively new. The new Japanese “saiban-in” or “lay assessor” system has many interesting features: It … Continue reading

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