Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 1993

Keywords

Jurors' perceptions of lawyers, Trial lawyers, Courtroom communications, Misconceptions about juries, Attorney communications, Civil jurors, Courtroom behaviors

Disciplines

Civil Procedure | Courts | Litigation

Abstract

In courtroom communication, lawyers play a key role. During presentations of opening statements and closing arguments, and through examination and cross-examination of witnesses, lawyers communicate the merits of the case that the jury is to decide. Yet there is surprisingly little systematic information about how jurors perceive lawyers' communication activities. This Article presents new information based upon an interview study with civil jurors about how jurors view and evaluate attorneys and their courtroom behavior. The results of this study are used to make recommendations about enhancing the effectiveness of lawyers' communications.

Publication Citation

Published in: Indiana Law Journal, vol. 68, no. 4 (Fall 1993).