1. The Effect of Narrativisation on the Comprehension of Jury Instructions Sally Nelson Forensic Linguistics, CLCR, Cardiff University
2. Narrativisation of judicial directions <ul><li>‘ Narrativisation’ Hypothesis (Heffer, 2005): </li></ul><ul><li>Juror comprehension improves when judges’ deliver instructions in a ‘narrative’ style which accommodates the reasoning strategies typically used by lay people, compared to a decontextualised ‘legal’ style used by the legally trained. </li></ul>US Standardised ‘Pattern’ instructions read verbatim England and Wales Judge’s sum up each case, reviewing the evidence. Vs.
3. Design <ul><li>Three summings-up were drafted, each systematically varying by degree of narrativisation: </li></ul>1 Only the legal directions from the Specimen Directions 2 Integrating specific evidence from the case into the Specimen Directions 3 Integrating specific evidence and using narrativising features e.g. vocatives and discourse markers
4. <ul><li>Comprehension assessed by multiple-choice, paraphrase and novel- scenario tests: </li></ul>
5. Mock jurors watched a simulated rape trial prior to receiving one of the three summings-up. Procedure