ERIC Number: ED106164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Dec-28
Reference Count: 0
Communication Process: A Method for Improving Judge-Lawyer-Juror Communication.
Forston, Robert F.
Present court procedures and the lack of judge-lawyer-juror communication do little to encourage sound verdicts. To improve communication with the jury, a four part trial communication process including pre-service juror orientation training, pre-jury instructions, main jury instructions, and two-way trial communication is suggested. Pre-service juror training may include the presentation of orientation films and juror's manuals. Although it is not possible to provide the jury with all of the instructions at the beginning of the trial, it is possible to inform them of some rules as the trial progresses from state to stage. The main jury instructions at the conclusion of the trial definitely need to be redrafted in language intended for laymen. Written instructions should also be provided to all jurors for use in the jury room. In order to promote an active two-way trial communication system, jurors should be allowed to take notes and address written questions to witnesses and lawyers through the intermediary of the trial judge. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Speech Communication Association (Chicago, Ill., December 1974); Best Copy Available