Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1982

Keywords

Voir dire, Jury selection, Juror bias, Pretrial procedures, Jury vetting, Peremptory challenges, Scientific jury selection

Disciplines

Comparative and Foreign Law | Litigation | Psychology and Psychiatry

Abstract

A comparative survey of jury selection practices in Britain and the United States indicates that the two countries differ along a number of dimensions, including the emphasis on the jury selection process in the trial, the amount and type of information available about prospective jurors, and the frequency with which trial lawyers alter the composition of the jury. The probable impact of these differences is analysed by considering the importance of jury composition in determining a jury’s verdict, the effectiveness of lawyers in exercising their challenges, and broader effects of jury selection procedures in the two countries.

Publication Citation

Published in: Current Psychological Reviews, vol. 2, no. 3 (1982).