520D
LAW
Jury System

Law School Description

Faculty members or visiting scholars present selected topics focusing upon subject areas in their area of specialty or expertise.

UH Mānoa Catalog Description

Faculty members or visiting scholars present selected topics focusing upon subject areas in their area of specialty or expertise. (B) topic 1; (C) topic 2; (D) topic 3; (E) topic 4; (F) topic 5; (G) topic 6; (H) topic 7; (I) topic 8; (J) topic 9; (K) topic 10; (M) topic 11; (N) topic 12; (O) topic 13; (P) topic 14; (Q) topic 15.

Notes

Highly publicized criminal trials have focused renewed attention on the American jury system -- the O.J. Simpson trial, the trial of four white police officers accused and initially acquitted of the beating of Rodney King; the trial of Byron DeLa Beckwith, a white supremacist accused of the racially motivated murder of Medgar Evers, an African American civil rights activist, whose two trials resulted in mistrials. On the civil side, criticisms swirled around ostensibly over generous mega verdicts in personal injury or malpractice cases, or the jury's competence to decide complex scientific or financial information or cases involving sensitive First Amendment claims. The purpose of this seminar is to analyze the jury system, in both criminal and civil settings, on two levels. The first is the level of fundamental principles: What is the system designed to do; its premises; its procedures; the values it enacts. The second in the level of impact: What the system actually accomplishes; the net effect of the procedures (such as rules governing jury selection, jury deliberations and evidentiary rules). The course will proceed roughly through the stages of a trial in three steps: Unit I -- the jury selection process; Unit II -- the trial; Unit III -- the verdict and post-verdict state, calling upon the materials and raising some of the questions described above; Unit IV -- First Amendment issues; and, Unit V -- general institutional concerns, the future of the system, alternative models.

Credit(s) for this CRN

1

Instructor Approval

No

Competition

No

Bar Course

No

Clinical Requirement

No

Instructor(s)