The Justice Syndicate: how interactive theatre provides a window into jury decision making and the public understanding of law

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Barnard, D. and Meyer, K.D. (2020). The Justice Syndicate: how interactive theatre provides a window into jury decision making and the public understanding of law. Law and Humanities. 14 (2), pp. 212-243. https://doi.org/10.1080/17521483.2020.1801137
AuthorsBarnard, D. and Meyer, K.D.
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The Justice Syndicate (TJS) is an interactive performance, featuring an audience who become jurors considering a difficult case. Via iPads, participants receive evidence, witness testimonies and prompts to vote and discuss the case. We compare TJS to other theatre performances in which audiences are juries, arguing it is unique in only having twelve audience members, with no additional spectators. We compare TJS to experiments researching jury decision-making. In its novel use of technology, it offers a scalable method to research group decision-making in jury-style settings, or to give legal practitioners and prospective jurors an experience of the psychological factors affecting jury deliberation. We discuss how different juries can be presented with identical evidence and come to opposing verdicts. We argue that these wildly different outcomes are linked to how the participants – individually and as a group – resolve the tension between what is legal and what is just.

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Law and Humanities on 03 August 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17521483.2020.1801137

KeywordsArts and Humanities (miscellaneous); Law
Year2020
JournalLaw and Humanities
Journal citation14 (2), pp. 212-243
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN1752-1483
1752-1491
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/17521483.2020.1801137
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Print02 Jul 2020
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Deposited04 Aug 2020
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