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NCJ Number: 136383 Find in a Library
Title: Using Technology To Improve the Trial-by-jury System
Journal: Prosecutor  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:(Winter 1992)  Pages:8-14,16-20
Author(s): I W Walker
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Videotaping trials using a 3-phase procedure could help solve several problems in the current jury trial system including mistrials, politics and bias in trials, inefficient and inappropriate appeals, and delays in preparing the trial record.
Abstract: A videotape system would also significantly reduce jury sequestration. The first phase in the development of the system would be to place five video cameras in the courtroom. All camera would be voice activated. No jury would be needed during this phase; the testimony and evidence would be presented to the cameras. During the second phase, a court-appointed judicial adviser, the prosecutor, and the defense would oversee the editing of the master tape of the first phase. The tape would be much shorter than the original trial. The editing would eliminate all irrelevancies, repetitive testimony, and other unnecessary material. The defense would determine the content of its portion of the edited tape; the prosecutor would do the same for its portion. In the third phase, the jury would assemble and view the edited videotape and reach its decision. The complete videotaped trial would be transferred to optical disc. This approach should be tried in military courts-martial and selected civil trials involving complex issues, expert testimony, a lengthy trial, or controversial issues. Footnotes, discussion of technical details, and 12 references
Main Term(s): Alternative court procedures; Courtroom proceedings broadcasting
Index Term(s): Court reform; Jury decisionmaking; Videotapes
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