Past studies on civil juries have been hampered by lack of data on verdicts spanning a sufficiently long period. Average jury awards tend to be highly variable from year to year, making it difficult to distinguish trends over relatively short periods of time.
Recent tort reform debates have been hindered by a lack of knowledge of how jurors assess damages. Two studies investigated whether jurors are able to appropriately compartmentalize compensatory and punitive damages.
This report provides the technical details of an Institute for Civil Justice analysis of trends and patterns in punitive damage awards in financial injury cases in selected jurisdictions during the period 1985 through 1994.
This report is the executive summary of an Institute for Civil Justice analysis of trends and patterns in punitive damage awards in financial injury cases in selected jurisdictions during the period 1985 through 1994.
To provide an empirical basis for the ongoing debate about punitive damages, the authors drew on the ICJ's jury verdict database to conduct the first close analysis of trends and patterns in punitive awards for financial injuries.
Evidence that juries treat corporate defendants less favorably than individual defendants is often cited in support of the widely held view that juries are biased against wealthy "deep-pocket" defendants.
Advocates the use of systematic empirical research on civil jury behavior as an important tool in the policymaking process. The author discusses the methods that have been used for studying jury behavior,...
Drawing on social and cognitive psychology and on criminal jury research, Robert MacCoun outlines approaches that can provide data essential to legislative and judicial policymakers who seek to understand how civil juries arrive at decisions.
This paper is extracted from the Director's Report in the Institute for Civil Justice's (ICJ) Report on the First Six Program Years, April 1980-March 1986. It reviews findings of the ICJ's research on the civil justice system regarding (1) civil jury...