Civil Juries and Civil Justice

Psychological and Legal Perspectives

  • Brian H. Bornstein
  • Richard L. Wiener
  • Robert F. Schopp
  • Steven L. Willborn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Crisis, What Crisis? Perception and Reality in Civil Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brian H. Bornstein, Timothy R. Robicheaux
      Pages 1-19
  3. Approaches To Studying Civil Juries

  4. The Relationship between Compensatory and Punitive Damages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Catherine M. Sharkey
      Pages 79-104
    3. Theodore Eisenberg, Valerie P. Hans, Martin T. Wells
      Pages 105-115
    4. Susan Poser
      Pages 117-127
  5. Medical Injuries And Medical Evidence

  6. Apologies And Restorative Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Jennifer K. Robbennolt
      Pages 195-231
    3. Edie Greene
      Pages 233-256
    4. Alan J. Tomkins, Kimberly Applequist
      Pages 257-272
    5. Brian H. Bornstein
      Pages 273-280
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 281-285

About this book


From Merck to McDonald’s to Firestone, high-profile tort cases inspire high-powered tort reform debate. Simultaneously they fuel public perceptions of spurious claims and outlandish awards, while fostering professional perceptions of an unwieldy legal system. The contributors to Civil Juries and Civil Justice bring order, as well as a much-needed reality check, to the situation. This insightful, multidisciplinary volume provides in-depth case data, empirical findings, and original research, synthesizing a range of seemingly irreconcilable legal and psychological viewpoints. Leading scholars consider the roots of juryphobia, the growth trajectories of damage awards, alternative means of obtaining civil justice, and the role of the social sciences in formulating legal policy while addressing these key questions of the tort reform controversy:

  • What can be learned by studying jury decision-making?
  • What is the relationship between compensatory and punitive damages?
  • Are judges more capable than juries in awarding damages?
  • Where do non-litigation methods such as apologies and mediation fit in?
  • Can physicians help improve the malpractice system?
  • Have reform efforts done more harm than good?

Civil Juries and Civil Justice will attract readers across numerous disciplines: forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, attorneys, sociologists, criminologists, political scientists, and policy makers. Because of its research/practice orientation, professors and students in these fields will find it a worthy text for course adoption.


Experiment award compensatory decision juryphobia justice litigation medical evidence punitive therapeutic

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian H. Bornstein
    • 1
  • Richard L. Wiener
    • 2
  • Robert F. Schopp
    • 3
  • Steven L. Willborn
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. of PsychologyUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln
  2. 2.Dept. of Psychology College of LawUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln
  3. 3.College of LawUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln
  4. 4.College of LawUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln

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