skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 148979 Find in a Library
Title: Improving Communications in the Courtroom
Journal: Indiana Law Journal  Volume:68  Issue:4  Dated:(Fall 1993)  Pages:1033-1333
Editor(s): P S Cross
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 301
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This issue on "Improving Communications in the Courtroom" includes the proceedings of a forum, "Communicating with Juries," and articles on related issues.
Abstract: The panelists at the symposium focused on common problems associated with judge-jury communications, including judicial bias and problems with juror comprehension. The panelists discussed what social science and practice reveals about the effectiveness of various methods for improving judge-jury communications. Panelists also engaged in a debate about the proper role of the jury and considered how the legal profession, particularly judges, might better equip jurors to perform their tasks. Additionally, the panelists on one of the three panels discussed available technological means for improving the effectiveness of courtroom communications and juror comprehension in complex cases. Three articles discuss judicial communication with juries, judges' behavior in bench trials, and the influence of judges on juror attitudes and decisionmaking. Another article addresses science and ethics in conducting, analyzing, and reporting social science research and their implications for social scientists, judges, and lawyers. Remaining articles discuss the creation of educated and democratic juries, judicial nullification of jury instructions, jurors' views of civil lawyers, and postverdict debriefing for jurors in emotionally disturbing trials.
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Communication techniques; Communications; Judges; Jury instructions; Jury nullification instructions; Science and Technology
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.