State of the States Survey of Jury Improvement Efforts
State of the States Executive Summary
  The State-of-the-States Survey of Jury Improvement Efforts provides the most comprehensive snapshot of contemporary jury operations and practices in state courts ever conducted.

The Compendium Report describes:
  • state and local jury improvement efforts,
  • the terms and conditions of local jury operations for 1,396 state court jurisdictions,
  • in-court jury trial practices in 11,752 jury trials conducted in state and federal courts between 2002 and 2006.
View the Executive Summary.
View the full Compendium Report.

 

Local Court Survey

The Local Court Survey allows you to select a state and view jury survey question responses. The state data is also compared to the total of all state jury survey responses (ie. the national survey figures). Survey topics include:

  • survey respondent data
  • jury reform efforts in the past 5 years
  • jury reform efforts in the past 5 years
  • focus of jury reform efforts
  • numbers and types of source lists used by courts
  • juror fees; length of term of service
  • follow-up programs; jury yields
  • numbers and types of jury trials
  • types of jury technology used by courts
  • types of juror information available to attorneys

 

Judge and Attorney Survey

The Judge and Attorney Survey allows you to select a state and view jury survey question responses. The state data is also compared to the total of all state jury survey responses (ie. the national survey figures) and federal data. Survey topics include:

  • survey respondent data
  • legal and evidentiary complexity of trials
  • voir dire questioning methods
  • length of voir dire; length of jury deliberations
  • are jurors permitted to take notes, provided with notepaper/writing utensils/trial notebook
  • are jurors permitted to submit questions to witnesses
  • when are jurors permitted to discuss evidence
  • when are jurors instructed; are they given written instructions
  • are jurors given guidance on conducting deliberations
  • do alternates deliberate, are jurors sequestered
  • notorious or complex trials

State Results Ranked by Criteria:

State rankings based upon the survey results are available for the parameters listed below.

Browse results of the two surveys by state