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NCJ Number: 34445 Find in a Library
Title: SECTION 12 OF THE CANADA EVIDENCE ACT AND THE DELIBERATIONS OF SIMULATED JURIES
Journal: CRIMINAL LAW QUARTERLY  Volume:18  Issue:2  Dated:(MARCH 1976)  Pages:235253
Author(s): V P HANS; A N DOOB
Corporate Author: Canada Law Book
Canada
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Law Book
Aurora, On L4G 3S9, Canada
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: STUDY OF THE INFLUENCE OF KNOWLEDGE OF A DEFENDANT'S PRIOR CRIMINAL RECORD ON GROUP DELIBERATIONS AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 12 OF THE CANADA EVIDENCE ACT.
Abstract: THE STUDY WAS CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE HOW KNOWLEDGE OF THE DEFENDANT'S RECORD SERVES TO INCREASE THE PROBABILITY OF HIS CONVICTION IN BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP VERDICTS. A HYPOTHETICAL CASE WAS PRESENTED TO PARTICIPANTS, WITH HALF RECEIVING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE DEFENDANT'S PRIOR CONVICTION ON A SIMILAR CHARGE. IT WAS FOUND THAT JURIES WITH RECORD INFORMATION WERE MORE LIKELY TO CONVICT THAT INDIVIDUALS WITH RECORD INFORMATION WHILE BOTH OF THESE WERE MORE LIKELY TO CONVICT THAT GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS WITH NO RECORD INFORMATION. THE AUTHORS CONCLUDE THAT KNOWLEDGE OF A PRIOR CONVICTION BIASES A CASE AGAINST THE DEFENDANT.
Index Term(s): Canada; Conviction records; Rules of evidence; Studies; Verdicts
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