No, not really. Instead it’s an article on how people search for, find, and attempt to use various excuses for why they simply cannot complete their civic duty. Part ridiculous (“I can’t sit on this jury because I’ve been a victim of homicide myself”), part reasonable (“I can’t be a juror because I’m a caregiver for my aging parents”), and for those who believe jury duty an important activity–part sad (“I can’t be a juror because it wouldn’t be fair since I’m psychic”), the authors give us practical strategies for knowing when to exercise strikes and knowing how to inquire further.

In addition, we have articles on how to more effectively question child witnesses, a look at the readability of pattern capital jury instruction (you know what this one says!), and a look at how to manage the intergenerational jury. And that’s not all. Look further and you’ll find an article on how much you can rely on the reports of forensic examiners when it comes to assessing competency to stand trial, conditional releases, and criminal responsibility. The short answer is to be cautious and ask for a second opinion!

Since it’s a new year we are highlighting the top ten most accessed articles during the 2012 calendar year here at the Jury Expert. We also have a terrific how-to piece on the application Evernote to help you stay organized in 2013 and finally, a new Favorite Thing.

2013 has already brought us Lance Armstrong’s doping admission (courtesy of Oprah), Manti Te’o and an alleged years-long hoax involving a very unlucky girlfriend who turned out not to be real, and the actor who brought us the voice of Charlie Brown arrested for stalking and criminal threats. We will likely continue to hear about these and certainly other courtroom-relevant events throughout 2013 and when we can, we’ll bring you articles directly relevant to what is being talked about in the media and in popular culture.

We here at The Jury Expert appreciate your continued reading of our publication. Both our authors and our editorial staff work hard to bring you relevant, practical and timely articles. In 2013, our intent is to continue that standard and respond to your requests for work on topics we’ve not yet covered. Let me know what you’d like to read about and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Rita R. Handrich, PhD

Editor, The Jury Expert