Forensic Psychology Lab
The role of a juror in a criminal trial is to determine the guilt or innocence of a defendant. Jurors must be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed the crime before they can render a guilty verdict.
Juries are an essential part of the criminal justice system and research increasingly indicates that their decision-making task is highly complex. Jurors are required to adhere to the procedural rules of the system whilst also evaluating the evidence in a ‘rational’ manner.
Jury research can involve lay people, jury eligible respondents or empanelled jurors. Importantly the particular research question drives the sample selection. In our lab we often use jury eligible lay people to examine issues associated with the evaluation of probabilistic evidence in the context of brief criminal trials.