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

Emma Welsh, Noelle Robertson, Lana Ireland, Graham Davies

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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
Number of pages14
JournalThe Howard Journal of Crime and Justice
Early online date11 Dec 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Dec 2019



  • juries
  • Scottish incidence
  • stress
  • trauma

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Welsh, E., Robertson, N., Ireland, L., & Davies, G. (2019). The impact of jury service on Scottish jurors' health and well-being. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice.