Do juries deliberate? A study of deliberation, individual difference, and group member satisfaction at a municipal courthouse

John Gastil, Stephanie Burkhalter, Laura W. Black

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Abstract

Despite long-standing interest in juries and a growing body of work on public deliberation, we have a limited understanding of how often everyday juries actually engage in meaningful deliberation. This study uses deliberative theory and small group research to develop a set of research questions and hypotheses regarding how juror characteristics promote deliberation as well as how deliberation influences juror satisfaction. Examination of 267 jurors' accounts of their experiences deliberating on municipal criminal juries suggests that juries do, indeed, deliberate at a remarkably high level of competence. Results show complex relationships between juror characteristics and their levels of deliberation as well as a direct link between the quality of deliberation and juror satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-359
Number of pages23
JournalSmall Group Research
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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