Juror comprehension and public policy: Perceived problems and proposed solutions.

Ellsworth, P. & Reifman, A. (2000). Juror comprehension and public policy:
Perceived problems and proposed solutions. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, 6, 788-821.

Laypersons, the media, and many legal scholars tend to attribute problems in the jury system to the dispositions of individual jurors and to recommend reforms in jury selection procedures and relaxation of the unanimity rule. Social scientists view problems as a consequence of the structure of the jurors’ task and recommend reforms in trial procedures. After years of apathy, the legal system has proposed, and in some jurisdictions implemented, a variety of reforms, most of which are based on the social science perspective that the problem is not due to bad jurors but to unnecessary procedural obstacles to high-quality decision making. These reforms are described in the final section of the article.

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