Jury Selection

blueline

Topics Addressed

  1. Goodness of Fit Tests
  2. Law
blueline

One study of grand juries in Alameda County, California, compared the demographic characteristics of jurors with the general population, to see if the jury were representative. Here are the results for age and educational level (only persons 21 and over are considered; the population data are known from Public Health Dept data)

Age           County-wide %     # of jurors 
----------------------------------------------
21-40		    42                  5
41-50               23                  9 
51-60               16                 19
> 61                19                 33 
----------------------------------------------
Total              100                 66 


Educational Level  	County-wide %     # of jurors 
-------------------------------------------------------
Elementary                 28.4                   1 
Secondary                  48.5                  10 
Some college               11.9                  16 
College degree 	           11.2                  35 
-------------------------------------------------------
Total                     100.0                  62 

Using appropriate statistical methods comment on the above data.

Source: UCLA Law Review, vol 20, 1973

George Michailides
gmichail@stat.ucla.edu