Train Our Jurors

TRAIN OUR JURORS IN HEURISTICS AND THE LAW, G. Gigerenzer, C. Engel, eds., MIT Press, Cambridge, 2006

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 11-21

25 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2011

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Koehler, Jonathan J., Train Our Jurors (2006). TRAIN OUR JURORS IN HEURISTICS AND THE LAW, G. Gigerenzer, C. Engel, eds., MIT Press, Cambridge, 2006; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 11-21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1756454

Jonathan J. Koehler (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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