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Paul Dore

Year of Award: 2018 Award State: Victoria Legal > General
To develop a systemic approach to juror support programs in Australia - Canada, USA, UK
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Jurors contribute in an extraordinary and fundamental way to the delivery of justice. Juries are the voice of the community’s conscience, independent of the judiciary and government. A jury represents the community from which it is drawn, a cross-section of citizens, each with their own experiences and opinions, standards and expectations.  

This project explored the connection between a court and the citizen. It was, by design and throughout, an experiential journey, never intended to be an academic exercise. 

While I found no single court jurisdiction where the perfect support program was running, every jurisdiction I visited, to play on Sir Winston’s words, was in a state of change towards improvement and perfection

As I made my way east within North America and then across the Atlantic, my working definition of ‘juror support program’ grew from that of formal counselling offered post-trial, to a metaphorical lens through which a court system could be viewed, measured and judged. To that end, my vision for a juror support program is greater than the sum of this project’s parts.


Keywords: Juror, jury, juror support, jury management, juror expectations, juror experience

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