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Jury Stress

Definition - What does Jury Stress mean?

Jury stress is a term for the fatigue resulting from the psychological pressure that affects people who sit on juries during long, serious trials.

Jury stress is a concern for trial attorneys, who must consider how to persuade juries; and for judges, who are the gatekeepers of fairness in a trial.

Justipedia explains Jury Stress

Because a jury trial can be a long process involving the presentation of large quantities of complex information, exposure to potentially traumatizing stories, and pressure on jury members to fulfill their civic duty to neutrally consider each side of a case, a person serving on a jury may experience jury stress.

A growing amount of psychological research studies the way jury stress can affect the verdict in a case. These studies suggest that jury stress must be accounted for to guarantee justice.

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