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Juries, Race and the Construction of Community

Mark Israel

Israel argues that the jury selection processes used by different jurisdictions construct the concept of community in very different ways. In some cases, the process assumes the existence of a community conscience which rests on consensus. In contrast, some jurisdictions recognise that communities are more than simply spatially-bounded homogeneous entities. Instead, they seek to reflect competing and diverse interests in the composition of jury panels. The different models used may have varying consequences for the levels of representation of ethnic and racial minorities on the jury.

(1999) 17(1) Law in Context 96
Keywords: Juries

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