Monday, September 12, 2011
Launching a New Blog on Misbehaving Jurors & Social Media
The collision of the information age and social media with traditional litigation rules has resulted in a significant increase in juror misbehavior, including in deliberations, resulting in mistrials and a waste of precious judicial resources. Only recently have social scientists published studies which attempt to both describe and explain this juror behavior. My goal is to provide links to resources available to judges and lawyers dealing with these issues, including sample jury instructions and voir dire questions. My hope is that judges and lawyers will share their experiences so that we can learn from each other, minimize juror misconduct, promote juror education, and pursue the assurance of fair trials to all citizens.