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Juries in the 21st Century (2012)
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Juries in the 21st Century (2012)

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This book provides a broad understanding of and critical thinking about the contemporary jury system. It fills a void of easily accessible knowledge about how jury trials work and how jury research assists us to formulate new ways to improve the system. Current issues challenging the jury system, such as the impact that technology is having on jury trials, are discussed. Juries in the 21st Century is designed to inform jury practitioners (judges, barristers, instructing solicitors, and forensic experts) about what constitutes best practice for them. It details how other jurisdictions are dealing with issues within their jury systems and allows jury practitioners to understand which practices are based upon fact and which are based on habit, anecdote and other misconceptions. It encourages jury practitioners and law reformers to consider new approaches in order to improve jury communication. Teachers and researchers in law, psychology, criminology and sociology should find this cross-disciplinary book useful as it synthesises the current state of jury research. To curious members of the public who have or would like to serve on a jury, this book will provide you with insight into jury trials and jury room dynamics. ** In the News... Juror charged with ‘playing detective’, 14 January 2014, The Age. Read full article... CONTENTS Foreword by The Hon T F Bathurst, Chief Justice of NSWIntroduction - Juries in the 21st CenturyWho are the Jurors - How are they selected and what are their capabilities?Do Jurors Cope with the Complexity of Contemporary Trials?Juror Comprehension ResearchExpert Evidence: Science and Technology in the CourtroomThe Detective JurorPrejudicial Publicity and the JuryJury Communication in the Twenty-First CenturyIndex REVIEWS Dr Horan manages to tackle the impact of technological innovation and social media on the jury system in a manner that will remain relevant through the years of change to come. I fear I have no choice, therefore, but to resort to superlatives in describing this work. This book is the most timely, accomplished and not-at-all-foolhardy contribution to the study of juries in Australia this century. Read full review... The Hon T F Bathurst, Chief Justice of NSW, Hearsay, December 2012 Dr Horan has written a sophisticated, carefully reasoned and thoroughly sound text that presents a new, and refreshingly different, approach to our understanding of the contemporary role of the jury in our criminal justice system. It puts forward a distillation of some of the best thinking on the subject, and points the way towards legal reforms that are urgently needed. Justice Mark Weinberg, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria Taking a decidedly interdisciplinary perspective, blending law and relevant jury research, in Juries in the 21st Century, Dr. Horan summarises what we know about Australian juries and the challenges the law faces. Showing that contemporary Australian jurors are generally smart, well-educated, and capable of learning, Dr. Horan concludes that the modern jury is capable of meeting the challenge of deciding increasingly complex cases in the modern digital media era. She argues, however, that legal and judicial practice need to be adapted to embrace technology in order to improve the jury system. This highly readable and timely book will be equally appealing and useful to lawyers, judges, students of both law and social science, jury researchers -- and indeed anyone with an interest in this most important aspect of our legal system. Professor James R P Ogloff, FAPS Director, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science Monash University and Forensicare Horan's Juries in the 21st Century is an accessibly written book that provides a range of information about the contemporary jury system, identifies problems and indicates potential solutions in respect of the difficulties affecting the role of jurors in Australia. It is based upon simulation studies from psychologists about juror decision-making, surveys and interrogations of jurors, reviews of relevant literature and case law, and interviews with judges and litigation lawyers. It is a rare portal into the real world of jurors. Juries in the 21st Century is well researched and practical. Information that it provides would be of benefit to all barristers and litigation solicitors, if only to disabuse them of assumptions which may not be empirically justified. It can be warmly commended to all with an interest in the functioning of modern litigation involving juries, as well as those committed to procedural reforms directed to improving contemporary litigation processes that incorporate jurors. Read full review... Ian Freckelton QC, Journal of Law and Medicine, August 2014
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