The Impact of Elderly Jurors

The Impact of Elderly Jurors

Most attorneys are faced with an increasing number of elderly persons in their venires and, as a result, an increasing need to assess their attitudes during voir dire. The debate surrounding the issue of whether jurors’ age has an effect on decision making began almost 50 years ago. While many attorneys have traditionally taken the position that age is related to verdict, numerous scientifically conducted studies have found no relationship between age and verdict. A recent study, utilizing data from 957 mock jurors in Magnus’ Venue DataLink® system, found support for the position that senior citizens are generally the same as younger jurors in verdict preferences. Case specific attitudes, rather than the venire members’ age, are the key to knowing which jurors to strike.

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