Jurors need therapy too

Post-trial secrecy can cause post-traumatic stress for jurors

By Claire Ward

On Tuesday March 31st, 2009

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 An eye-opening new study looks into Canada and the U.K.’s jury duty process and how post-trial secrecy can cause psychological trauma as serious as post-traumatic stress disorder. Under the current system, jurors have no form of therapy, during or after trial, for dealing with the stress and traumatic content of criminal trials. The report from psychologists at the University of Leicester calls for more social and psychological support built into the system.