Juror Discussions About Evidence, 1997-1998: [Arizona]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Hannaford, Paula L.
  • Hans, Valerie P.
  • Munsterman, G. Thomas
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Arizona State Justice Agency
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
attorneys; case processing; court cases; courts; judges; judicial decisions; judicial process; juries; jury deliberations; jury instructions; trial procedures
  • Abstract

    These data were collected in conjunction with an evaluation of the Arizona court reform effective December 1, 1995, to permit jurors in civil cases to discuss the evidence prior to deliberations. The datasets consist of survey responses by judges, jurors, attorneys, and litigants in all civil cases conducted in Maricopa, Pima, Mohave, and Yavapai counties in Arizona between June 15, 1997, and January 31, 1998. Civil cases in the participating courts were randomly assigned to one of two experimental conditions: (1) jurors were told they could discuss the evidence prior to deliberation according to Rule 39(f) of the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, or (2) jurors were told they could not discuss the evidence per the previous admonition. The datasets contain survey responses under both conditions. Part 1, Case Characteristics Data, contains information from two questionnaires completed by judges about the lawsuit, the parties, the trial procedures, and the case outcome. The data in Part 2, Juror Questionnaire Data, cover jurors' views regarding the complexity of the case, the importance of witnesses and testimonies, and attorneys' performances. The variables in Part 3, Attorney Questionnaire Data, offer information on attorneys' opinions of the jurors, the opposing counsel, and the verdict. Part 4, Litigant Questionniare Data, consists of litigants' views regarding the jurors and the verdict. Demographic data include respondents' gender, age, race, income, and job status.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Case Characteristics Data
    • DS2: Juror Questionnaire Data
    • DS3: Attorney Questionnaire Data
    • DS4: Litigant Questionnaire Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1997-06-15 / 1998-01-31
    Time period: 1997-06-15--1998-01-31
  • 1997-06-15 / 1998-01-31
    Collection date: 1997-06-15--1998-01-31
Geographic Coverage
  • Arizona
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All civil jury trials in Arizona.
All civil jury trials conducted in Maricopa, Pima, Mohave, and Yavapai counties in Arizona from June 15, 1997, to January 31, 1998.
2006-03-30 File CB2687.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions. Funding insitution(s): Arizona State Justice Agency (SJI-96-12A-B-181). United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2687 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Davis, Brent J.. Three Behavioral Essays on Juror Decision Making. Dissertation, Florida State University. 2014.
  • Hannaford, Paula L., Hans, Valerie P., Munsterman, G. Thomas. Permitting jury discussions during trial: Impact of the Arizona reform. Law and Human Behavior.24, (3), 359-382.2000.
    • ID: 10.1023/A:1005540305832 (DOI)
  • Hans, Valerie P., Hannaford, Paula L., Munsterman, G. Thomas. The Arizona jury reform permitting jury trial discussions: The views of trial participants, judges, and jurors. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.32, (2), 349-377.1999.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15