Saturday, February 05, 2005

Some jury websites

Here are some useful websites on the jury.

  • Center for Jury Studies, National Center for State Courts. The NCSC has been doing jury research and consulting to courts on jury issues for many years. They've compiled a nice set of reference materials at this site -- research and practice summaries, recommendations for further work, and readings. Many of their research reports are online and available for downloading.
  • National Jury Center of the American Judicature Society -- another terrific resource of information about the practice of jury trials. I especially like their 40-page bibliography of recent research and writing about the jury -- but it's not for the casual reader!
  • The American Bar Association's President Robert Grey, Jr. has launched a Jury Initiative to develop a set of agreed-upon jury principles, including the best practices for jury trials, and to undertake educational efforts and outreach to the public around jury issues.
  • The Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago has a wonderful site if you're interested in educating students and others about the jury. The American Jury includes background information, teaching plans, and exercises. Educational activities are also included in some of the other sites such as the National Jury Center and the ABA's Jury Initiative.
  • You can subscribe for free to the NCSC's Jur-E Bulletin -- a weekly email list that includes an engaging mix of amusing and informative stories on the jury, edited by Anne Skove at NCSC.
Fellow bloggers, add your own recommendations!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes people post resources like this permanently in the sidebar so that anyone new who comes will see them. I never click on them, but I'm not a serious student. I click on their blogrolls.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Valerie Hans said...

Thanks for the tip!

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious what your thoughts are about the German Court system, or some of the other European models, where there are no (or limited) use of jurors. I know the German judges attend structured and regimented training prior to taking the bench and effectively act as the jury on cases. Setting aside the constitutional issues inherent in the U.S. and the strong social and political debate that would occur, what are your feelings about eliminating juries altogether? or only having juries for Criminal cases?

7:43 PM  

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