Train Our Jurors
TRAIN OUR JURORS IN HEURISTICS AND THE LAW, G. Gigerenzer, C. Engel, eds., MIT Press, Cambridge, 2006
25 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2011
Date Written: 2006
Lay jurors are often legally and logically unprepared for trial. In response, it is recommended that jurors receive training in how to make better legal decisions. This chapter suggests that jurors should receive comprehensive training in critical legal doctrines and in how to reason with legal evidence. Jurors who cannot be trained to achieve minimal levels of competence (in the law or in basic reasoning) should be excused from jury service. Suggestions are given as to how policy makers and researchers who are interested in jury reform may wish to proceed.
Keywords: juror training
JEL Classification: K10, K41
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