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A New Study Examines Disappearing Jury Trials

Shari Seidman Diamond

A new study co-authored by American Bar Foundation (ABF) Research Professor Shari Seidman Diamond explains the decline in jury trials and examines factors that can slow down or reverse their disappearance. The study finds that while judges and lawyers agree that jury trials are fairer than other alternatives, jury trials have been suppressed by laws such as mandatory arbitration, damage caps, criminal sentencing guidelines, and mandatory minimum sentences.

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