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Civil juries, the high-tech world and the presumption of impartiality | Patrick Brown

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:32 AM | By Patrick Brown

The right to a jury is a substantial right but not an absolute one. Many jurisdictions have abolished the civil jury trials altogether. Part of the difficulty is that it is far too costly to ensure jurors are impartial and not accessing information outside the courtroom.

With the technical revolution, jurors have the ability to look at any information they like. A few hits on the keyboard and they have an instant view of the crash site (albeit years later with the new stop sign).  A...