Reaching a Verdict – How Psychology Can Inform Behaviour in the Courtroom
Persuading a Jury
1.3 Effect of Evidence Being Ruled Inadmissible (barred)
· The law says that in order for evidence to be admissible in court, its relevance must outweigh its potential for discrimination.
· Inadmissible evidence includes rumour, past convictions and evidence obtained by illegal means.
· If inadmissible evidence is presented in error by a witness, the judge will direct the jury to disregard what they have just heard.
· However, by drawing their attention to it, it may be that the jury in fact pays even more attention to it.
Key Study: Pickel, Investigating the Effect of Instructions to Disregard Inadmissible Evidence
1. To look at the effect of prior convictions
2. To look at the role of the judges instructions when they were followed by a legal explanation
3. To examine…