Improving Jury Comprehension in Criminal and Civil Trials

by Robert J. MacCoun

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This publication contains the written statement of Robert MacCoun submitted on July 27, 1995, to the Judiciary Committee of the California State Senate. The author evaluates seven proposals for improving juror performance: (1) revised jury instructions, (2) juror note taking, (3) question asking, (4) juror discussion during trial, (5) minimum education requirements, (6) complexity requirements, and (7) guidance in determining rewards.

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