Empirical and Legal Background on Jury Representativeness

Ron Costeck, Temple University
Ralph B. Taylor, Temple University
Jerry Ratcliffe, Temple University
Lillian Dote, Temple University

Abstract This paper summarizes just some of the empirical work investigating whether juries are representative of the population in the communities from which they were selected. The paper reviews why balanced juries are thought to be an innate "good," and how biases may operate at different stages of the entire jury selection process, from list generation through voir dire. In the proposed session we will highlight just a few key empirical findings from this paper that relate to each of the stages of potential juror processing.

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