Family Law - summary

Family Law - summary

  • Submitted By: cocogr
  • Date Submitted: 09/25/2013 6:21 PM
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Juries exist in a highly institutionalized and ritualized context, they draw a broad-cross section of the public, and they yield publicly knowable decisions in the form of official verdicts that answer the specific questions put forward by the judge" (p. 58). A jury is an example of a small group. These groups of individuals are selected to serve as a group to make a collective decision on a situation in which they are evaluating. According to Adams & Galanes (2011).The members of the jury are given instructions from the judge and begin deliberation. This is the period the members of the jury work as a small group to deliver a verdict to the judge. During this time, the jury is not able to discuss the details of the information given at the trial as a group. The jury decision has a strong impact on the person on trial, the prosecutor, and society. Group decision making process of a governing agency is done collectively. The member of the group may know each other on some level. They discuss the topic the group have come together to discuss.

The jury still occupies a special place in American law and the public imagination, and the term deliberation derives much of its current meaning from the jury” (Gastil, 2009, p. 57). Jurors are citizens that are selected through an official summons. Jurors listen to stories from both the prosecution and defense and use the information and evidence to decide if an individual is guilty or not guilty. According to Gastil (2009), jurors also listen and do not talk to anyone, while seated in the jury box. “Points in the trial when the jurors make their decisions include: when they see the defendant for the first time, when the information is read, during opening statements and during the presentation of prosecution witnesses” (Gastil, 2011, p. 59).

Group decision making (also known as collaborative decision making) is a situation faced when individuals collectively make a choice from the...

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