Selected to Serve: An Analysis of Lifetime Jury Participation

23 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2012

Date Written: March 2012


Using a survey of a random sample of 1,380 Texas adults, we consider what factors distinguish those who have ever had an opportunity to serve on a jury from those who have not (“lifetime participation”). Residential stability and willingness to serve distinguished former jurors from those who had never been summoned or had never been questioned for a case. After controlling for age, neither race nor ethnicity accounted for participation, a finding replicated in data from another state. No factors differentiated former jurors from people who have been questioned but never selected. Our results strongly indicate that improvements to participation should focus on attrition that occurs before potential jurors reach the courtroom.

Suggested Citation

Rose, Mary R. and Seidman Diamond, Shari and Musick, Marc A., Selected to Serve: An Analysis of Lifetime Jury Participation (March 2012). Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 9, Issue 1, pp. 33-55, 2012, Available at SSRN: or

Mary R. Rose (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Sociology ( email )

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Shari Seidman Diamond

Northwestern University, School of Law & American Bar Foundation ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60611
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Marc A. Musick

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