Recommendations for Reform: The Civil Jury in Texas

The purpose of this paper is to identify problems in the civil jury system and offer solutions to help Texas achieve the goal of impaneling a fair and impartial jury in every civil case. Our recommended starting point is adoption of a clear procedural rule governing a crucial aspect of the jury selection process—voir dire. In addition, we propose ways to facilitate jurors’ understanding of the evidence during trial, encourage broad representation of the community on juries, and ensure that Texans more fairly share both the right and the burden of jury service.

 

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