The Wisconsin Crime Victims Council Publishes Resource for Jurors

Aug 21 2014
The Wisconsin Crime Victims Council Publishes Resource for Jurors
 

Brochure Available to Counties to Address Juror Stress

 

 MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that the Wisconsin Crime Victims Council has published a new brochure for county court administrators to offer as a resource to help jurors experiencing stress after having served on difficult or gruesome cases. 

 

The brochure, After Your Jury Service, acknowledges the stress that jurors may experience after exposure to graphic testimony, evidence and images during a trial.  Jurors have to process such material, often without discussing it with others and often while separated from their normal support systems. 

 

“We ask a lot of jurors who serve on difficult cases,” Van Hollen said.  “It’s another toll that crime takes on society.  Jurors have an obligation to give great attention to evidence and testimony that might be very difficult or uncomfortable to view or hear.  Everyone handles such an experience differently.  This brochure assures jurors that it’s normal if they experience stress as part of their service.”

 

The brochure describes temporary signs of stress, including physical or emotional reactions that might result, and includes suggestions for managing such stress reactions.  County court administrators can download and customize the brochure to include local contact and resource information.

 

The Council consulted with county clerks of court, judges, victim witness professionals and prosecutors during the development of the brochure, as well as national resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Jury Studies at the National Center for State Courts, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the American Psychological Association.  The brochure is available on the Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services website at www.doj.state.wi.us/ocvs.