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Simulated jury decision making in online focus groups

Tabak, Samantha J., Klettke, Bianca and Knight, Tess 2013, Simulated jury decision making in online focus groups, Qualitative research journal, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 102-113, doi: 10.1108/14439881311314667.

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Title Simulated jury decision making in online focus groups
Author(s) Tabak, Samantha J.
Klettke, BiancaORCID iD for Klettke, Bianca orcid.org/0000-0003-4602-2435
Knight, TessORCID iD for Knight, Tess orcid.org/0000-0002-9231-9582
Journal name Qualitative research journal
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 102
End page 113
Total pages 12
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1448-0980
Summary Purpose – A significant issue in jury research has been the use of individual jurors to analyse jury decision-making. This paper aimed to examine the applicability of computer-mediated communication to a mock jury deliberation study.

Design/methodology/approach – Groups of three to five Australian residents anonymously attended a secure chat room and participated in a semi-structured discussion about a simulated child sexual assault scenario. Deliberation transcripts were analysed thematically using NVivo. A hermeneutic framework was used to analyse the deliberation transcripts.

Findings – Five interrelated themes were revealed, each reflecting the tools online juries used to communicate, create meaning, and arrive at a verdict. Electronic jury deliberation promoted an understanding of how people make sense of child sexual assault cases in Australia today.

Originality/value – This study advanced the understanding of online decision making in a child sexual assault scenario. It demonstrated that knowledge of how juries deliberate and create meaning could improve our understanding of how verdicts are achieved. Electronic mock juries are a valuable adjunct to traditional jury deliberation studies because they are cost effective, time efficient, and offer wider recruitment opportunities.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1108/14439881311314667
Field of Research 170202 Decision Making
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052709

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