By David Tait
This chapter uses insights from a mock trial, ‘the Sydney Bomber Case’, that involved a fictional alleged terrorist incident in which a young white man was accused of placing a bomb on a train that exploded after he alighted, killing innocent commuters in the centre of Sydney.
The research found that mock jurors were fairly similar to regular jurors. By developing an in-depth profile of the mock jurors based on the beliefs and attitudes that they held when they arrived for jury duty, it was possible to examine how the jurors’ responses to the bombing allegations in the simulated trial varied according to their background characteristics.
This chapter outlines:
- Demographic characteristics of research participants
- Attitudes and predispositions of the mock jurors
- Mock jurors’ learning style preferences
- Mock juror empathy
- Measures of mock jurors’ justice attitudes.
This chapter is useful for:
- Students, teachers, researchers – in Law, Psychology and Communications
- Practitioners of law and criminal justice
- Forensic scientists and psychologists
- Police, national security officers and court officials
This chapter is in the book Juries, Science and Popular Culture in the Age of Terror
Other related chapters
Other chapters that provide research insights arising from the ‘the Sydney Bomber Case’ are: