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ERIC Number: ED177644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
How Do Jurors Reach a Verdict? A Field Experiment.
Taylor, K. Phillip; And Others
An examination of the impact that process instructions have on jury deliberations was conducted using ten juries of six members each. Five of the juries were given standard jury instructions, while the remaining five were given step-by-step instructions in the deliberation process designed especially for that trial. The results indicated that process instructions significantly reduced the time required to reach a verdict. A content analysis of juror statements revealed that jurors receiving standard instructions expressed significantly more statements of opinion than jurors receiving process instructions. The two groups did not differ in 14 other content areas, and all but one jury (a "hung" jury) reached "not guilty" verdicts. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Juries
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (65th, San Antonio, Texas, November 10-13, 1979)