useful sites for trial attorneys from around the internet
Bimonthly newsletter published by the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC) with articles on jurors, juries, jury selection, juror decision-making, witness preparation, and all matters related to improving litigation advocacy and understanding jury behavior.
The Jur-E Bulletin is a weekly electronic newsletter on juries, court decisions and important jury developments published by the Center for Jury Studies and National Center for State Courts. Jury News is a regular feature written by G. Thomas Munsterman and Paula Hannaford-Agor appearing in The Court Manager, published by the National Center for State Courts, and reports on current issues affecting jurors and jury service.
The Capital Jury Project (CJP) is a program of research on how persons who serve as jurors on capital cases make the life or death sentencing decision. The CJP website describes significant findings from CJP research, provides a listing of (and access to) CJP publications.
Collates news and publications about psychological research findings and applications in a forensic psychological context. Includes reports of psychological news and publications on such topics as witness issues, victimology, homicide, sexual crime, aggression, crime reduction, rehabilitation of offenders and PTSD, as well as research from other disciplines that may be relevant (e.g., forensic linguistics, psychiatry, criminology).
Collates information about applications of psychological research on deception. Includes reports of psychological news and publications on such topics as credibility of non-native speakers, cues of truthfulness, and distinghuishing truthful from deceitful witnesses.
Attorney Robert W. Kelley publishes the Jury Selection Blog which reports legal news and cases about the rights of clients, trial lawyers and jurors during voir dire. The full text of all cases, statutes, and rules of procedure cited that pertain to jury selection are provided.
A summary of successful jury misconduct cases through 2004 is provided by The Capital Defense Network (CDN). The categories of juror misconduct covered include third party contacts, media influence, court officer influence, intoxication, juror misstatements of law, discussions of parole, dishonesty on voir dire, prejudgment, improper jury discussions, racism and national origin discrimination, jury agreements, juror experimentation and investigation, use of extra-record evidence, use of religious source material, separation of jurors, alternate jurors in jury room, sleeping jurors, and incompetent jurors.
Reports are provided about jury trial innovations designed to help jurors understand the trial better and to improve juror comprehension, performance, and satisfaction such as question-asking, note-taking, and annonymous juries.
Take the California test for judges for handling hardship, cause and peremptory challenges. A free CJER Online Course by the California Center for Judicial Education and Research uses a simulation format to provide legal and tactical information about handling hardship, cause, and peremptory challenges with prospective jurors in the context of a felony trial. Click "Launch the Course" when you arrive at the site. See how judges are trained, and check out what you would do.
A blog where a number of the USA's top trial attorneys join together with litigation experts to lend their expertise on topics that matter in trial practice. Topics covered include openings, closings, questioning, case work up, mediation, trial strategy, evidence, and post settlement issues.
Have a site you want to recommend? email the site