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Juries and the Law  

A research guide for the role of juries in the law, laying out resources for current awareness, secondary sources, and jury instructions and verdicts.
Last Updated: Oct 27, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Use this guide for research on juries at both the federal and state level. The federal right to a grand jury and jury in criminal and civil trials is laid out in the U.S. Constitution's 5th, 6th and 7th Amendments respectively, with ensuing legislation, case law, and regulations. Because the doctrine of selective incorporation has not made these provisions applicable to the states, one must research Texas law separately.

In general, when researching a legal topic, one should start with secondary sources to find the leading and most relevant primary law. Once you have some citations in hand, then look them up in primary sources. There are more practitioner-oriented materials under the "Jury Instructions & Verdicts" tab. To stay abreast of legal developments throughout your research, make use of the resources listed under "Current Awareness."

Please note, access to certain databases linked in this guide may be restricted to UT Law or the UT community; please see the library's Databases page that lays out access privileges.

General Web Resources on Juries

  • ABA Commission on the American Jury Project
    Advancing the implementation of the ABA Principles on Juries and Jury Trials by working with courts, rulemaking bodies, state legislatures and the organized bar.
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    Organization working to preserve the civil jury trial.
  • American Judicature Society: Jury Center
    Collects, organizes, and makes available to the public useful information about the jury system; reports on, and where necessary discovers, best practices for the jury system; promotes adoption and standardization of best practices relating to jury matters; and educates key constituencies about best practices.
  • American Society of Trial Consultants
    Organization for information and commentary on all aspects of trial advocacy.
  • Capital Jury Project
    From SUNY-Albany School of Criminal Justice, a program of research on how persons who serve as jurors on capital cases make the life or death sentencing decision.
  • Famous Trials
    Assemblage of materials from selected trials throughout history. From Douglas O. Linder, University of Missouri--Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law.
  • Federal Courts: Jury Service
    Information on federal jury service from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on behalf of the Federal Judiciary.
  • Fully Formed Jury Association
    A nonpartisan public policy research and education organization that focuses on issues involving the role of the jury in the justice system and the preservation of the full function of the jury as the final arbiter in our courts of law, including jury-nullification.
  • Jury and Democracy Project
    A group of academics studying the impact that jury service has on citizens.
  • NCSC Center for Jury Studies
    From the National Center for State Courts, dedicated to facilitating the ability of citizens to fulfill their role within the justice system and enhancing their confidence and satisfaction with jury service by helping judges and court staff improve jury management.
  • NCSC: State Court Organization
    Product of a collaborative partnership between the National Center for State Courts and the state court community. Includes comparative information about juries.

Navigating Tarlton's Collection

Whether seeking print or online materials, here are some tips for using TALLONS, the online catalog:

Helpful call number ranges:

  • KF8810-9075 (Civil Procedure)
  • KF9601-9797 (Criminal Procedure)
  • KFT1728-1760 (Texas Civil Procedure)
  • KFT1761-1798 (Texas Criminal Procedure)

Helpful subject headings:

Web Resources on Texas Juries


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