Trial lawyer and jury consultant Anne Reed just got back from a sojourn in Japan, where she delivered a talk on jury stress and did lots of other cool stuff. And she has started sharing her thoughts about things she learned and re-learned during the trans-Pacific trip.
We especially like this snippet from her latest Deliberations post:
Americans widely believe that the voice of the citizen in the courtroom is important. In the big Harris Interactive poll on juries in January, half of respondents said they would trust a jury more than a judge to render a fair verdict, while only 23% said they would trust a judge over a jury. (The rest were unsure.) Juror blogs and the juror questionnaires I’ve seen repeat this theme often; juror after juror says it will be inconvenient to serve, but it’s a civic duty they recognize and value.