Jury Experiences Archive

  • Do different camera angles during deposition affect how observers will assess the credibility of the witness? Take a look at this research!

    Does Deposition Video Camera Angle Affect Witness Credibility?

    by Chris Dominic, MA and Jeffrey W. Jarman, Ph.D. and Jonathan M. Lytle, Ph.D. Do different camera angles during deposition affect how observers will assess the credibility of the witness? Take a look at this research!

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  • Is plain language an important factor to consider in a jury charge? Yes. Here's a look at the latest knowledge.

    Jury Instructions: Work In Progress

    by Steven E. Perkel, DSW, LCSW and Benjamin Perkel Is plain language an important factor to consider in a jury charge? Yes. Here's a look at the latest knowledge.

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  • Stop asking jurors to do the impossible!

    Why Do We Ask Jurors To Promise That They Will Do the Impossible?

    by Susan Macpherson Stop asking jurors to do the impossible!

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  • All potential jurors have biases and prejudices. Individual bias stems from all we experience, and shapes the perceptions we, as jurors, have of evidence. These perceptions can certainly influence final jury verdicts.[1] Identifying juror bias is critical. Yet, “the detection of juror bias is a serious challenge in contemporary jury […]

    Strategies for More Effective Voir Dire

    by Ronald J. Matlon, Ph.D. All potential jurors have biases and prejudices. Individual bias stems from all we experience, and shapes the perceptions we, as jurors, have of evidence. These perceptions can certainly influence final jury verdicts.[1] Identifying juror bias is critical. Yet, “the detection of juror bias is a serious challenge in contemporary jury […]

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  • This scenario happens at some point in nearly every voir dire. First, a juror reveals a bias for or against one of the parties. Juror: I just really don’t trust big companies. What with all the media stories and all the scandals, well, I just think that they are in […]

    Getting Beyond “Can You Be Fair?”: Framing Your Cause Questions

    by Ken Broda-Bahm, Ph.D. This scenario happens at some point in nearly every voir dire. First, a juror reveals a bias for or against one of the parties. Juror: I just really don’t trust big companies. What with all the media stories and all the scandals, well, I just think that they are in […]

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  • Why focus groups? Properly conducted focus groups are extremely useful in getting reactions to a wide array of aspects of the case. While it is not prudent to expect that the “verdict” of a small group research project will be repeated at trial, it is very likely that the same […]

    The “Why” and “How” of Focus Group Research

    by Douglas Keene, Ph.D. Why focus groups? Properly conducted focus groups are extremely useful in getting reactions to a wide array of aspects of the case. While it is not prudent to expect that the “verdict” of a small group research project will be repeated at trial, it is very likely that the same […]

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  • The Problem Human beings, especially jurors, like to believe they can prevent bad things from happening if they do the right thing. As a result, when something bad occurs, jurors find it comforting to assume, with the benefit of hindsight, that someone did the wrong thing and that they (the […]

    Managing Hindsight Bias

    by Merrie Jo Pitera, Ph.D The Problem Human beings, especially jurors, like to believe they can prevent bad things from happening if they do the right thing. As a result, when something bad occurs, jurors find it comforting to assume, with the benefit of hindsight, that someone did the wrong thing and that they (the […]

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  • It’s time for voir dire, but is anybody listening? Are jurors listening to attorneys? Are attorneys listening to jurors? More often than not the answer is no. Regardless of case type or jurisdiction, jurors are checking out. Their attention spans are flat-lining during a crucial phase of trial – voir […]

    Knowing When and How to Indoctrinate

    by Alan Tuerkheimer, M.A., J.D. It’s time for voir dire, but is anybody listening? Are jurors listening to attorneys? Are attorneys listening to jurors? More often than not the answer is no. Regardless of case type or jurisdiction, jurors are checking out. Their attention spans are flat-lining during a crucial phase of trial – voir […]

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  • Videos from the ABA’s 2012 National Symposium of the American Jury System: The Optimal Jury Trial are now available for viewing on line. http://www.americanbar.org/groups/justice_center/american_jury.html The symposium included panels on jury size and jury selection, jurors asking questions, giving preliminary jury instructions on the law, allowing attorneys to make interim statements […]

    Favorite Thing: American Jury System- The Optimal Jury Trial Videos

    by ASTC Member Trial Consultants Videos from the ABA’s 2012 National Symposium of the American Jury System: The Optimal Jury Trial are now available for viewing on line. http://www.americanbar.org/groups/justice_center/american_jury.html The symposium included panels on jury size and jury selection, jurors asking questions, giving preliminary jury instructions on the law, allowing attorneys to make interim statements […]

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  • How a simple and free method of teaching jurors [and those law enforcement officials that come before] can help them assess eyewitness accuracy.

    The Interview-Identification-Eyewitness Factor (I-I-Eye) Method for Analyzing Eyewitness Testimony

    by Nell B. Pawlenko, Ph.D. and Richard A. Wise, J.D., Ph.D. and Martin A. Safer, Ph.D. and Brett Holfeld, M.S. How a simple and free method of teaching jurors [and those law enforcement officials that come before] can help them assess eyewitness accuracy.

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