PSY 468 Exam 5 Study Guide
Legal Decision Making
Juror and Juries
Criticism of juries
The excessive awards of civil juries
Incompetent (confronted with scientific eviden, complex cases)
Defense of juries
Media gives inflated sense of excessive awards
In 2005 demonstrated less than 4% of plaintiffs got more than a million
dollars as a damage reward
Representative juries increase the legitimacy of the process especially in
More heads are better (and less biased) than one
Are Juries competent?
Psychologists have examined factors that affect the accuracy of jury verdicts
Evidentiary strength: is the most important determinant of jurors’ verdicts in both civil and
The bad news the jurors are also affected by the extralegal factors (i.e., information that
should be irrelevant to their decisions)
Extralegal information: Defendant Characteristics
What are some defendant characteristics that could affect verdicts?
What victim characteristic might bias jurors’ decisions?
Extralegal Information: Juror Characteristics
What juror characteristic might bias jurors’ decisions?