Introducing the Construct of the Jury into Family Violence Proceedings and Family Court Jurisprudence
Melissa L. Breger
Albany Law School
Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2006
This Article proposes that litigants in family violence proceedings have an option of a jury trial in limited circumstances. Drawing upon procedural justice research, I conclude that a jury option in the fact-finding stage of civil order of protection cases and child abuse and neglect cases will enhance litigants' sense of justice and faith in the court system. In turn, providing a jury option in such proceedings may increase compliance with orders, and ultimately, permanency and stability for families and children.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 37
Keywords: jury, family, domestic violence, child abuse, family violence, family court, procedural justice
JEL Classification: K42, K41, K10, K19, K39Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 10, 2009 ; Last revised: November 1, 2009
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