Change of Venue
This chapter discusses the research on the effects of pre-trial publicity on jurors’ decisions, evaluates methods commonly used by the courts in an attempt to alleviate such effects, and reviews several highly publicized cases. It also examines the role that the consultant plays in the change-of-venue motion—a request to the court that the trial be moved to a different location. The most significant role played by the trial consultant in the change-of-venue motion is to construct and administer a survey designed to assess prospective jurors’ attitudes and knowledge regarding a specific case. However, data from such change-of-venue surveys have not always been allowed as evidence in court.
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