Juries and Jury Selection
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Criminal forms and trial manual
Latest received: 2022 Supplements. By McCormick, Michael J. Thomson/West. 11th ed. c2005.
This title provides thorough coverage of criminal violations as found in the Texas Penal Code as well as criminal violations from other Texas codes including the Agriculture Code, Alcoholic Beverage Code, Parks and Wildlife Code, and Health and Safety Code. It includes discussion of the latest legislative updates and applicable case law. The three volume set is divided into three part which cover complaints, informations, and indictments; criminal procedure; and court charges.
KFT 209 T4 V. 7-8
Handbook for grand jurors
Latest received: 2021-2023. Texas District & County Attorneys Association. 2011-.
This title is published by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association specifically for individuals serving on local grand juries. For the rest of us it is a handy, up-to-date readable resource on what grand juries do and the responsibilities of those who serve on them.
KFT 9642 A16 H3
The jury charge in Texas civil litigation
Latest received: 2018 Pocket parts. By Guy, T. Ray. Thomson West. 3rd ed. 2003.
"The Jury Charge in Texas Civil Litigation makes available updated explanations of all the Texas rules governing jury charge practice. This single source helps you understand key aspects of today's civil jury charge practice, avoid outdated principles and cases, and locate supporting case law from Texas courts."- publisher's description
Note: A newer edition of this title is available in print at the library.
KFT 209 T4 V.34
Texas civil trial and appellate procedure
Latest received: Release 15, Sept. 2014. By Wicker, Jeremy C. LEXIS Law Pub. c1999-.
Encyclopedic in scope, this set covers everything from analyses of court rules, statutes and cases to the underlying laws governing civil and appellate procedure. It provides extensive coverage of all aspects of appellate practice, including perfecting appeals, the appellate record, appellate briefs, court of appeals proceedings, Texas Supreme Court procedures, and original proceedings.
Note: A newer edition of this title is available electronically.
Table of contents [PDF]: https://catalog.sll.texas.gov/cgi-bin/koha/opac-retrieve-file.pl?id=1499e9270cc15ec14312809f6bdc232f
KFT 209 T45 CIV. TRIAL
Texas criminal lawyer's handbook
Latest received: Revision 23 (2022). By Daniel, Mark G. James Pub. c1999-.
"...ready access to key Texas criminal law precedent. Find winning arguments, evaluate key issues, anticipate the opposition’s moves, and locate case support." - publisher's description
Note: This item is also available electronically.
KFT 9619 M3
Texas criminal practice guide
Latest received: Release 116, December 2022. By Matthew Bender (Firm). M. Bender. 1979-.
"First published in 1979, the guide's six volumes are arranged by section to correspond with the progression of the Texas criminal justice system, making their detailed information easy to access, whether you're a new attorney or an experienced practitioner. Each volume contains a number of chapters divided into four parts: legal background, practice guide, forms and research guide." - publisher's description
Table of contents [PDF]: https://catalog.sll.texas.gov/cgi-bin/koha/opac-retrieve-file.pl?id=130b365351a3783e22a9c9a97e3c40ea
KFT 9219 T36
Texas litigation guide
Latest received: Rel. 146, July 2022. M. Bender. 1977-.
This comprehensive set explains the law and procedure in a given area and then provides drafting guides to prepare the forms. The set is divided into 10 different units: Pretrial Practice, Trial Practice, Appellate Practice, Pleadings in Business Entity Litigation, Pleadings in Commercial Litigation, Pleadings in Real Estate Litigation, Pleadings in Personal Injury Litigation, Family Code Litigation, Probate Code Litigation, and Administrative Proceedings. Chapters are divided into four parts: legal background on a topic, a drafting guide, forms, and a research guide.
Note: This item is also available electronically, but electronic access is restricted to government employees only.
Table of contents [PDF]: https://catalog.sll.texas.gov/cgi-bin/koha/opac-retrieve-file.pl?id=a324b58063bb962b664136755c016499
KFT 170 D6
» Federal/General Titles
American juries : The verdict
By Vidmar, Neil. Prometheus Books. 2007.
This title investigates the strengths and weaknesses of the American jury system. The authors trace the history of the jury system, examine jury demographics and note the effect of pretrial publicity. They then analyze the jury's decision making process using real trials to illustrate their points. The book also looks at jury decisions in cases involving scientific evidence, malpractice, insanity pleas, and the death penalty.
KF 8972 V53
Art of advocacy. Jury selection
Latest received:REL. 30 JAN 2011. By Wagner, Ward. M. Bender. 1981-.
In the introduction, the author points out that the stated goal of a "fair impartial jury" is generally the last thing a trial lawyer really wants. The first job of voir dire is to allow each side to eliminate the clearly hostile jurors. The next goal is to learn as much about the potential pool in order to make the best selection. A third goal is to begin the process of educating the jurors about the case and establishing credibility with this group who will be deciding the case.
KF 8979 W33
Blue's guide to jury selection
Latest received: 2016-17 UPDATE. By Blue, Lisa. ATLA Press. c2004.
"This two-volume guide is designed to help you select the best possible jury for your trial. The text volume of this set provides practical, real-life advice on the best practices and methods for voir dire, based on the experience of authors Blue and Hirschhorn. The forms appendix volume provides you with valuable voir dire tools such as questionnaires and sample voir dire, plus advice on how to utilize them." - publisher's description
KF 8976 B54
How to try a jury case : Trial tactics
By Kimberling, John F. National Institute for Trial Advocacy. c2007.
"Anyone who properly prepares for trial and follows common-sense rules of persuasion and advocacy can be a good advocate in the courtroom. How to Try a Jury Case is an essential text for training law school students, as well as beginning litigators, to communicate with jurors and achieve their clients' objectives at trial. Author John Kimberling tells how to prepare a case for trial and leads the lawyer through the opening statement, presentation of evidence, cross-examination, and closing argument. By studying this text, the beginner will avoid common mistakes." - publisher's description
KF 8972 K56
Jury persuasion : Psychological strategies & trial techniques
By Vinson, Donald E. Prentice Hall Law & Business. 1993.
"Jury Persuasion: Psychological Strategies and Trial Techniques shows litigators how to identify, troubleshoot, and exploit common juror biases and predispositions to their clients' advantage to craft winning case approaches." "Authored by Dr. Donald E. Vinson, the country's leading authority in the field of jury behavior and trial strategy, this incisive volume reveals how jurors' backgrounds and values affect their reaction to evidence and testimony presented at trial. Dr. Vinson offers a variety of trial-tested methods for effective persuasion of jurors in voir dire, opening statements, and the presentation of witnesses and exhibits. In addition, he explains the basic methodologies employed by jury research firms, including the use of surveys, juror profiles, and shadow juries. Jury Persuasion: Psychological Strategies and Trial Techniques also includes commentaries by 33 seasoned litigators from across the country. Their experience bears out the central truth of Dr. Vinson's analys…
KF 8972 V5
Jury selection : The law, art, and science of selecting a jury
Latest received: 2016-17. By Gobert, James J. West. 3rd ed. c2009-.
This title looks at the history and functions of a jury. It then discusses the latest methods and techniques to assist attorneys to identify problems, spot personality traits, and isolate biases that could affect jury decisions. This book includes sample questions for plaintiff and defense lawyer as well as tips for making favorable impressions on the jury.
KF 8979 J6
Jury trial innovations
National Center for State Courts. c2006.
Jury Trial Innovations brings you up-to-date on the most recent techniques and ideas for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of jury trials. This monograph, which takes its organization from the stages of a typical jury trial, discusses the dynamics of jury decision making and reviews jury trial innovations used in state and federal courts across the country. Topics include "How to Relieve Juror Boredom," "Routine Use of Anonymous Juries," "Juror Questions to Witnesses," and "Post-verdict Debriefings with the Trial Judge."
KF 8972 J8
The litigation manual. Jury trials
Section of Litigation, American Bar Association. c2008.
"The Litigation Manual has been valued as much for its refreshing style as its practical, how-to approach. This edition of The Litigation Manual library focuses on jury trials. The book includes the most useful articles from Litigation journal, taking you through the steps of a jury trial. For those who do not try any jury cases the information will be enlightening. In reading them you will better understand the processes by which cases are tried, decisions made and justice arrived at in American courts." - from the publisher
KF 8972 L58
Mastering voir dire and jury selection : Gain an edge in questioning and selecting your jury
By Frederick, Jeffrey T. American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division. 3rd ed. c2011.
This is a valuable guide to help understand effective voir dire and jury selection strategies, and then to adapt these strategies to the unique circumstances faced in trial jurisdictions.
KF 8979 F73
The science of persuasion : A litigator's guide to juror decision-making
By Bradshaw, Brad. American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section. Second edition. .
As the author states, "The ability to persuade is dependent on several things, including the speaker's credibility and likeability, his or her understanding of the audience, and how the message is framed." Having earned his Ph.D in psychology — specifically studying persuasion and juror decision making — the author now practices as a litigation consultant. This second edition of his book is aimed to assist the trial lawyer in presenting his side to the jury and deflecting the negatives presented by the other side. The author includes tips and pointers for all stages of litigation, from jury selection to closing arguments.
KF 8972 B73
Scientific jury selection
By Lieberman, Joel D. American Psychological Association. 1st ed. c2007.
This book reviews techniques used by jury consultants to select jurors and the effectiveness of these methods. It contains an overview of the voir dire process including the questioning of jurors in the courtroom, nonverbal behavior of jurors, juror demographics, mock juries and post trial interviews. Attorneys can use this book to help them decide whether to hire a consultant for jury selection and the types of services one can provide.
KF 8979 L54
Trials and deliberations : Inside the jury room
Latest received:UPDATE AUG 2010. By Singer, Amy. Thomson/West. Rev. ed. c1999-.
This comprehensive set seeks to explain the jury's decision-making process and perceptions and provides techniques for the practitioner to maximize the chance of a favorable verdict. It also explores specific strategies to assist with the development of visual aids, direct and cross-examination questions, opening statements,and closing arguments. Additionally there are sections tailored to specific types of cases such as medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial, criminal, governmental, and products liability.
KF 8972 S56
Winning the jury's attention : Presenting evidence from Voir Dire to closing
By Cox, Trey. American Bar Association, Section of Litigation. 1st ed. c2011.
To illustrate the struggles attorneys face in connecting with jurors, author Trey Cox begins the first chapter of this volume with the following quote by Herbert Simon: “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” That poverty of attention is the impetus for the creation of this concise volume, which offers advice on how to grab the limited attention of a jury who may be restless, distracted or bored. Cox provides seven basic principles for more effective communication with jurors. For each principle, Cox offers the theory behind it, the importance of the principle at various points in the trial, and ways to put the principle into action. This title would be an invaluable resource for any attorney who finds it difficult to present themselves effectually to jurors.
KF 8972 C69