The Effect of Social Capital on Jury Attendance Rates: A Cross-Sectional Analysis

David C. Brody, Washington State University - Spokane

In recent years there has been a decline in the rate of individuals who respond when summoned for jury duty. Micro-level studies that have examined reasons behind individuals' refusals to report to jury duty have reported varying reasons for these actions. This paper examines jury summons response rates at the macro-level. Specifically, using data from fifty jurisdictions, the relationship btween the rate at which individuals report to jury duty in a jurisdiction and the jurisdiction's social capital is examined. An analysis of the phenomena involved in this relationship is presented and implications for the justice system are discussed.

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