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Juries, race and the construction of community

Israel, M.ORCID: 0000-0002-1263-8699 (2000) Juries, race and the construction of community. Law in Context, 17 (1). pp. 96-112.


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

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: La Trobe University
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