The impact of jury service on Scottish jurors' health and well-being

Emma Welsh, Noelle Robertson, Lana Ireland, Graham Davies

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Abstract

Research by Robertson, Davies and Nettleingham (2009) suggested a minority of jurors in English and Welsh courts experience significant short- and longer-term distress from undertaking jury service. This study extended the research to jurors in Scottish trials, with their distinct conventions and procedures. Jurors completed web-based questionnaires measuring juror distress, trauma symptoms, and personal resilience. Results replicated those from England and Wales, showing that some Scottish jurors also experience deterioration in physical and psychological well-being, with female jurors, those sitting in longer trials, and dealing with crimes against the person, being most affected. Trait resilience did not mitigate such effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalThe Howard Journal of Crime and Justice
Volume59
Issue number1
Early online date11 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • juries
  • Scottish incidence
  • stress
  • trauma

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