Conclusions

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Abstract

Terrorism trials trigger general attitudinal biases and prejudices in jurors that are unrelated to the specific evidence in any particular case. Awareness of their potential influence can assist trial judges and lawyers to anticipate these types of reactions and to address them. Trial features that are within the control of the court and legal counsel are monitoring of the evidence that is admitted, preparing appropriate jury instructions, and guiding juries through deliberation. The results of this research project suggested that expanded use of visual technologies in court processes is unlikely to undermine the rights of the defendant to a fair trial, particularly if the materials are carefully prepared and jurors are adequately instructed. The innovative use of neutral facilitators in the jury deliberation room to assist jurors in addressing key issues presented produced very promising results. The real risk to the fairness of terrorism trials may come from legislation abrogating the right to trial by jury. The ongoing participation of lay jurors in the criminal justice process is perceived to increase the fairness of the justice system, and as a key feature of democratic governance. Juries, like any human institution, are fallible, but even when the community faces alleged terrorist threats, juries may continue to play a central role in protecting liberty.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJuries, science and popular culture in the age of terror
Subtitle of host publicationThe case of the Sydney bomber
EditorsDavid Tait, Jane Goodman-Delahunty
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter15
Pages273-285
Number of pages13
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781137554758
ISBN (Print)9781137554741
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    Tait, D., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2017). Conclusions. In D. Tait, & J. Goodman-Delahunty (Eds.), Juries, science and popular culture in the age of terror: The case of the Sydney bomber (1st ed., pp. 273-285). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-55475-8_15