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Associate Professor, Jacqui Horan
Criminal Law, Monash University
  • Criminal Law, Monash University

Jacqui Horan holds the position Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Monash University and is a member of the Victorian Bar (academic).



Jacqui is a courtroom communication and jury researcher. Jacqui’s interest in the art of courtroom persuasion underpins her jury research. Her book ‘Juries in the 21st Century’ (2012) explores the impact of technology on the jury system and, in particular, on the way barristers, judges and witnesses communicate with the jury. For further details about the book, go to The Federation Press website.

Her latest Australian Research Council Linkage projects involved interviewing 115 Australian jurors and exploring their perceptions of the expert evidence presented to them. The preliminary results of these projects are published in Freckelton, Goodman-Delahunty, Horan and McKimmie, ‘Expert Evidence and Criminal Jury Trials’ (2016, OUP (UK)). Jacqueline presents at conferences both locally and internationally. She is regularly interviewed in the media.

Prior to joining Monash in 2018, Jacqueline co-ordinated the ’Trial Practice and Advocacy’ course for the Melbourne University Law School for 15 years. She has taught advocacy to practitioners and experts as part of their continuing education at the Australian Advocacy Institute, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the National Institute of Forensic Science and the Victorian Bar Readers Course.

Prior to her academic career, Jacqueline worked for such organisations as the Victorian Legal Profession Tribunal and the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria, the Supreme Court of Victoria (as Associate to the Honourable Mr Justice Sir James Gobbo AC), and Mallesons Stephen Jaques. As a member of the Bar, Jacqueline specialised in professional negligence and misconduct She was an accredited mediator and VCAT appointed conciliator. She was primarily briefed by disciplinary bodies such as the Legal Profession Tribunal, Victorian Lawyers RPA, the Dental Board of Victoria and the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2005

Master of Laws (LLM), Monash University Law School, Australia, 1994

Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Monash University Law School, Australia, 1989

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Monash University, Australia, 1987

Research Grants

  • ARC Linkage Grant 2012-2015: The Presentation of Expert Evidence in Australian Criminal Trials: The Role of Lawyers and Experts. Funding: $79,000 for two years (LP120100291). Investigators: Horan, Goodman-Delahunty & McKimmie; Partner Investigator: Freckelton; Industry Partners: Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) and the Australia and New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (formally National Institute of Forensic Science) (ANZPAA). Grant fund allocation: Horan (62.0%), Goodman-Delahunty (12.7%) and McKimmie (25.3%).
  • ARC Linkage Grant 2009-2013: Australian Jurors’ Perspectives on Expert Evidence. Funding: $185,000 for three years (LP0990833). Investigators: Horan, Goodman-Delahunty, McKimmie and Israel; Partner Investigator: Freckelton; Industry Partners: AIJA and ANZPAA. Grant fund allocation: Horan (83.8%), Goodman-Delahunty (10.8%) and McKimme (5.4%).
  • ARC Linkage Grant 2006-2009: Juries and Interactive Visual Evidence: Impacts on Deliberation Processes and Outcomes. Funding: $503,000 for three years (LP0667764). Investigators: Tait, Goodman-Delahunty, Kyd, Horan, Brawn, Battye, Ogloff, Lennard, Jones, Schofield, Wallace & Refshauge. Grant funds (100%) managed by Tait.
  • Criminology Research Council Grant 2006-2007: Policies, Procedures and Practices that Affect Juror Satisfaction. Total Funding: $109,400 for one year. Investigators: Goodman-Delahunty, Tait, Clough, Horan, Ogloff and Brewer. Grant funds (100%) managed by Goodman-Delahunty.



  • Freckelton, I., Goodman-Delahunty, J., Horan, J. & McKimmie, B. (2016) Expert Evidence and Criminal Jury Trials, Oxford University Press (UK)
  • Horan, J. (2012) Juries in the 21st Century, The Federation Press, Leichhardt.
  • Tait, D., Goodman-Delahunty, J., Battye, G., Brawn, G., Horan, J., Kyd, J.,  Lennard, C., Jones, D., Ogloff, J., Refshauge, R., Schofield, D., Wallace, A., (2017) Juries in the Age of Terrorism, Palgrave Macmillan UK: London

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Horan, J. ‘The Lore and Law of the Australian Civil Jury and Civil Justice System’ (2009) 9 Flinders Journal of Law Reform: pp. 29-49.
  • Horan, J., & Tait, D. ‘Do Juries Adequately Represent the Community? A Case Study of Civil Juries in Victoria’ (2007) 16(3) Journal of Judicial Administration: pp. 179-199.
  • Horan, J. ‘The Lore and Law of the Australian Civil Jury and Civil Justice System’ (2009) 9 Flinders Journal of Law Reform: pp. 29-49.
  • Horan, J. ‘Perceptions of the Civil Jury System’ (2005) 31(1) Monash University Law Review: pp. 120-151.


  • Goodman-Delahunty, J., Brewer, N., Clough, J., Horan, J., Ogloff, J., Tait, D., & Pratley, J. – Practices, Policies and Procedures that Influence Juror Satisfaction in Australia (2007) Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, Research and Public Policy Series No. 87; pp. xii – 231.

Conference Papers & Workshops

  • The Expert Evidence and Criminal Jury Trials project. Invited presentation to the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences, Melbourne, 2 June 2016.
  • Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at the Swinburne University of Technology, invited guest speaker on expert evidence, seminar series, 13 June 2016.
  • Invited by the Victorian Bar to lead a panel discussion on Expert Evidence, 19 April 2016 and 21 September 2015.
  • Expert Evidence and Criminal Jury Trials, Invited by the Courts of the Future Network to present at the Court Research Snapshot Presentation, Supreme Court of Victoria, 18 November 2015
  • Social media, the Internet and the Jury.  Invited to speak at the Judicial College of NSW twilight seminar for the judiciary, Sydney, October 2015.
  • Social media, the Internet and the Jury.  Invited to speak at the ‘Judging for the Future’, Australian District and County Court Judges’ Conference, Melbourne, March 2015,
  • Juries and Social Media and Jury Communication. Invited presentations (2 papers) at the National Judicial College of Australia, Jury Management program, Melbourne, 14-15 November 2014.
  • The Expert Evidence and Criminal Jury Trials project. Invited presentation at the 14th International Criminal Law Congress, Melbourne, 8- 12 October 2014.
  • Forensic Expert Evidence: Perspectives of Judges, Jurors, Lawyers and Experts. Invited symposia presented at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), with Professor Goodman Delahunty, Paris, France, 8-13 July 2014.
  • Practices of Judging and Judgment: Justice Sue Kenny in conversation with Dr. Jacqui Horan. Invited symposium at the The Association of Transnational Law Schools Agora symposium, 20 June 2014, Melbourne Law School.
  • ANU Socio-Legal ECR workshop, 14-15 February 2013, Canberra – I was nominated by MLS to present my work in progress on a paper based on my ARC Linkage projects, which was accepted for publication in a premier UK journal, the Journal of Law and Society.
  • Juries in the 21st Century. Invited paper given to the International law librarians Joint Study Institute conference 3 February 2013.
  • Expert Evidence Seminar.  Invited paper presented to The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, Melbourne, Australia, 9 October 2012.
  • Prejudicial Media Publicity and the Jury: A Panel Discussion, Host and convenor, panel members: Justices Weinberg and Lasry, Peter Bartlett and Peter Gregory, 8th Australasian Jury Conference, Melbourne Law School, 19 November 2010.
  • The Court Expert and How to Prepare for Court. National Institute of Forensic Science, Expert Evidence Workshops (2005, 2007 and 2010).
  • Jury papers presented at the Judicial College of Victoria’s Juries Intensive, Melbourne, Australia, 27 July 2007, and 6 September 2009.
  • The Expert and the Juror of the 21st Century’. Paper presented at the International Institute of Forensic Science Studies Conference, Broome, Australia, 16-19 October 2005.
  • Experts and Juries. Invited presentation delivered to the Victorian Institute of Forensic Sciences, 15 October 2005.
  • The Jury Selection Process. Dontas Scholarship winning paper presented at the 10th Greek-Australian International Legal & Medical Conference, Mykonos, Greece, 29 May – 3 June 2005.
  • Civil Juries in Victoria: An Empirical Study. Paper presented during the Civil Litigation: Research and Teaching Symposium, Flinders University, South Australia, 15 April 2005.
  • Invited to present a paper to the academics at the University of New South Wales Law School, 14 September 2004.
  • Expert Report Writing Workshop, Workshop delivered to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in conjunction with the Leo Cussen Institute, Melbourne, Australia, in May 2002 and 2003, August 2002 and September 2005[JH1] .

Media Contributions Highlights 

  • Interviewed by Suzanne Hill on ABC Radio Nightlife on Thursday 28 June 2018 about ‘is the jury system still relevant in the 21st century’
  • Interviewed by Amanda Vanstone on ABC Radio National’s Counterpoint on 30 May 2016 about ‘Juries and the Internet.’
  •  Pursuit, ‘Judge, Jury and Google’, 23 May 2016.  This online article has received over 2,000 views from Australia and the US, with 39% completely reading the article.
  • Interviewed by Damian Carrick on ABC Radio National Law Report on 3 December 2014 with co-author Professor Goodman-Delahunty on ‘Expert Witnesses.’
  • Quoted by H Alexander & A Remeikis. ‘Unusual twist for jurors in Patel trial’, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 2013.
  • Invited by an Irish academic to contribute views about the UK jury trial of Vicky Pryce on the blog:  Human Rights in Ireland, Jury questions: A Comment on the Pryce case’ 26 February 2013.
  • The Age/SMHerald/National TimesJury Sleuths Should Not Face Court, 11 January 2013.
  • 2UE, Sydney primetime talkback with Tom Elliot, 26 January 2013.
  • ‘Web versus the justice system, The Australian, 25 January 2013.
  • Advisor Channel 4 television series in the UK about the jury system – advice as to the most vexing issues facing jury trials throughout the world.  For example, the impact that digital technology is having on trial by jury.
  • Interviewed for ‘The Jury System’ VEA Group, educational DVD resource (2012).
  • Interview, Jon Faine on 774 ABC Melbourne, ‘The impact of social media on jury trials’, 1 October 2012, Audience: 141,000.
  • Triple J (Melbourne) News reports – 1 October 2012. Audience 139,300 and repeated on ABC radio news reports in Adelaide, Darwin and Brisbane.
  • Interview, Damien Carrick on ABC Radio National Law Report Peremptory Challenges, with Professor Goodman-Delahunty,13 July 2010.