Judges, Jurors Deliver Insights at Lunch Discussion

by Doug Chartier

Judges and jurors have different ideas on how to improve jury trials, and a group of them shared those thoughts as part of a nationwide info-gathering project last week.

The New York University School of Law’s Civil Jury Project held a lunch panel of Colorado judges and jurors, getting their take on progressive trial practices before an audience of lawyers and jurists.

Headed by Houston-based plaintiffs’ attorney Stephen Susman, the Civil Jury Project is hosting “Jury Improvement Luncheons” in various cities. The sessions are part of the Civil Jury Project’s stated goal of finding ways to improve the trial process in an era where juries are seeing a diminishing role in the civil justice system.

U.S. District Court judges Christine Arguello and R. Brooke Jackson, along with 2nd Judicial District Court judges David Goldberg, A. Bruce Jones and Bob McGahey, were joined on the panel by three jurors discharged from a recent case. The luncheon took place Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver.

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