Communicating with Jurors in the Twenty-First Century

Australian Bar Review, Vol. 29 (2007)

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper

30 Pages Posted: 21 May 2014

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Jacqui Horan

University of Melbourne - Law School

Date Written: May 20, 2014

Abstract

Jurors are sometimes criticised for lacking the intellectual ability to understand contemporary jury trials. New research suggests that juror misunderstandings may not be the result of the jurors’ intellectual capacity but may be caused by the form in which jurors are presented with the evidence. This article argues that juror miscomprehension is, in part, caused by the failure of our legal system to alter with the changing needs and wants of the jury of the twenty-first century. Strategies for improving communication with juries are proposed.

Keywords: jurors, jury trials

JEL Classification: K00, K19

Suggested Citation

Horan, Jacqui, Communicating with Jurors in the Twenty-First Century (May 20, 2014). Australian Bar Review, Vol. 29 (2007), U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2439515

Jacqui Horan (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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