Jury Psychology: Social Aspects of Trial Processes - Vol. 1

Jury Psychology: Social Aspects of Trial Processes - Vol. 1

Jury Psychology: Social Aspects of Trial Processes - Vol. 1

Jury Psychology: Social Aspects of Trial Processes - Vol. 1


The first of a two-volume set on the Psychology of the Courtroom, Jury Psychology: Social Aspects of Trial Processes offers a definitive account of the influence of trial procedures on juror decision-making. A wide range of topics are covered including pre-trial publicity and inadmissible evidence, jury selection, jury instruction, and death penalty cases, as well as decision-making in civil trials. In addition, a number of global issues are discussed, including procedural justice issues and theoretical models of juror decision-making. Throughout the volume the authors make recommendations for improving trial procedures where jurors are involved, and they discuss how the problems and potential solutions are relevant to courts around the world.


Over recent years many aspects of law enforcement and related legal and judicial processes have been influenced by psychological theories and research. In turn concerns that derive from investigation, prosecution and defence of criminals are influencing the topics and methodologies of psychology and neighbouring social sciences. Everything, for example, from the detection of deception to the treatment of sex offenders, by way of offender profiling and prison management, has become part of the domain of a growing army of academic and other professional psychologists.

This is generating a growing discipline that crosses many boundaries and international frontiers. What was once the poor relation of applied psychology, populated by people whose pursuits were regarded as weak and arcane, is now becoming a major area of interest for many students and practitioners from high school through to postgraduate study and beyond.

The interest spreads far beyond the limits of conventional psychology to disciplines such as Criminology, Socio-Legal Studies and the Sociology of Crime as well as many aspects of the law itself including a growing number of courses for police officers, and those associated with the police such as crime analysts or forensic scientists.

There is therefore a need for wide-ranging publications that deal with all aspects of these interdisciplinary pursuits. Such publications must be crossnational and interdisciplinary if they are to reflect the many strands of this burgeoning field of teaching, research and professional practice. The Psychology, Crime and Law series has been established to meet this need for up to date accounts of the work within this area, presented in a way that will be accessible to the many different disciplines involved.

In editing this series I am alert to the fact that this is a lively new domain in which very little has been determined with any certainty. The books therefore capture the debates inherent in any intellectually animated pursuit. They reveal areas of agreement as well as approaches and topics on which experts currently differ. Throughout the series the many gaps in our knowledge and present-day understanding are revealed.

The series is thus of interest to anyone who wishes to gain an up-to-date understanding of the interplays between psychology, crime and the law.

Professor David Canter . . .

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