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NCJ Number: 99043 Find in a Library
Title: Jury Reform - An Analysis of Juror Perceptions of the Criminal Court System
Journal: Criminal Justice Review  Volume:10  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1985)  Pages:11-16
Author(s): L S Miller
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 6
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Little empirical evidence exists to suggest that jurors may develop negative perceptions of the court system which may affect an objective finding of guilt or innocence.
Abstract: This present study examined a number of attributes of jurors, including juror demographic characteristics, time expended in jury selection and deliberation, and juror perceptions of the defense attorney and the prosecuting attorney. A questionnaire was mailed to 462 randomly selected individuals who had served as criminal court jurors during 1983 and 1984. The questionnaire elicited demographic information (e.g., age, sex, race, etc.); general details about the court case the juror had served; and attitudinal responses about the court system; the defense attorney, and the prosecuting attorney. These attributes were then examined with respect to the extent they affected jury decision outcomes. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Juries; Perception; Questionnaires
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