Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: A Case-Study Introduction to Contemporary Issues
Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: A Case-Study Introduction to Contemporary Issues, Forthcoming
25 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2018
Date Written: April 20, 2018
In this introductory chapter to our volume "Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Contemporary Issues, Psychological Science, and the Law," we provide an overview of the goals of the present volume and a preview of the individual chapters herein. Specifically, we review research on various understudied and cutting-edge topics related to the intersection of psychological research and criminal jury decision making. We place this research in the real-world context by relating it to actual criminal cases that exemplify each topic addressed in the volume. In doing so, we focus on the common themes that are reflected in all of the chapters of the volume: the need to understand how issues such as societal attitudinal shifts, technological advances, and juror experiences affect the structure, function, and performance of the modern criminal jury; the merits of implementing legal innovations and practices informed by empirical research; and important avenues for future empirical exploration.
Keywords: jury decision making, criminal jury, legal decision making, psychology and law, psycholegal research
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