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Links useful to litigators for jury newsletters, jury research, trial advocacy blogs, trial attorney blogs, resources on juror issues and legal news.
NEWSLETTERS ABOUT JURIES
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.
A service of the American Society of Trial Consultants, The Red Well is a blog aggregator on litigation persuasion, and offers research, opinion and analysis on litigation communication, persuasion, advocacy and psychology relating to trial and pre-trial settings from the perspectve of trial consultants. ComCon's Online Jury Research Update is a contributing blog.
Features posts on everything from forensics to impeaching witnesses to technology in court -- anything addressing the twin topics of advocacy and evidence. The Beasley School of Law, the publisher, also offers extensive free advocacy resources on their larger website (see, Home).
The Beasley School of Law also maintains an excellent list of open access advocacy and evidence blogs for anyone with an interest - judges, attorneys, students, researchers, etc. -- as part of the Law School's commitment to ensuring that scholarship imbues and enhances the skill of courtroom lawyering.
Research Digest is a blog published by the British Psychological Society that showcases psychological science on many topics, including juries, jurors, eyewitnesses, persuasion and a host of other topics. Just scroll down a little to the search box on the right.
In The News, written by Dr. Karen Franklin, a forensic psychologist and adjunct professor at Alliant University, focuses on the intersection of psychology and the law, offering researched-based insights on forensic psychology, criminology, the criminal justice system, and current and historic cases.
A blog about jurors who fail to follow the judge's instructions, including doing independent Internet research, using social media (such as Facebook) to contact parties and lawyers, and blogging about the trial.
A summary of successful jury misconduct cases through 2010 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.
JUDGES' JUROR EXCUSAL TEST
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.
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.
TRIAL ATTORNEY BLOGS
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, and is a repository of attorney Robert W. Kelley's 30 years experience in the courtroom as it pertains to voir dire.
Provides information about being a juror in California, and provides links to resources for attorneys that include California's civil and criminal jury instructions as well as Judicial Council of California Jury References.
In August 2020, the California legislature passed AB 3070. Beginning in 2022, objections to peremptory challenges in criminal cases will have more teeth, including a list of presumptively invalid reasons for striking a prospective juror and a new standard of review for appellate review of a trial court’s decision. While AB 3070 does not apply officially to civil jury trials until 2026, the significant overhaul in procedure effectuated by this new law is likely to influence a court’s analysis of the civil jury selection process before that time.
In 2017, Senate Bill No. 658 amended Section 222.5 of the California Code of Civil Procedure (The Trial Jury Selection and Management Act). A trial judge may not impose specific unreasonable or arbitrary time limits on, or establish an inflexible time limit policy for, voir dire. Judges must determine the reasonable time allotted for voir dire on a case-by-case basis taking into account a number of factors, and make adjustments as needed. Reasonable time must be provided to evaluate juror questionnaires..
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