The ideal of an impartial jury is enshrined in the American ethos and is critical to the legitimacy of our system of justice. However, achieving this ideal has remained elusive. Emerging research, particularly in the social sciences, enables us to better measure bias and understand the role that unconscious or implicit bias plays in our courtrooms.
The ABA Criminal Justice Section, with co-sponsorship from other ABA entities embarked on a project that offers a methodical, research-based approach to increasing impartiality among jurors, attorneys, and judges.
The “Achieving an Impartial Jury: Addressing Bias in Voir Dire and Deliberations” Project created a Tool Box of user-friendly options for education and debiasing techniques.