Jurors' consideration of inadmissible evidence: A motivational explanation

Sivasubramaniam, Diane, Klettke, Bianca, Clough, Jonathan, Schuller, Regina and Oleyar, Kristie 2015, Jurors' consideration of inadmissible evidence: A motivational explanation, Journal of judicial administration, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 154-171.

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Title Jurors' consideration of inadmissible evidence: A motivational explanation
Author(s) Sivasubramaniam, Diane
Klettke, BiancaORCID iD for Klettke, Bianca orcid.org/0000-0003-4602-2435
Clough, Jonathan
Schuller, Regina
Oleyar, Kristie
Journal name Journal of judicial administration
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 154
End page 171
Total pages 18
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Place of publication North Ryde, N.S.W.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1036-7918
Summary Procedural justice research suggests that, as decision makers in a trial, jurors may be unwilling to disregard inadmissible evidence if they believe it will lead to a just outcome. In an experimental study, three hypotheses were tested: participants reading trial evidence while assuming the role of a juror (rather than observer) would report stronger motivations to protect the community; motivations to protect the community would be associated with higher conviction rates; and participants would be more likely to follow judicial instructions to disregard inadmissible evidence when they assumed an observer (rather than juror) role. Findings indicated that participants were more likely to convict the defendant when they experienced higher motivations to protect the community, reinforcing the importance of studying juror motivations. However, results revealed a complex pattern of factors affecting juror motivations as well as verdict decisions. Results are discussed in terms of the effectiveness of the curative instruction, and key directions for future research.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30073454

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