Georgia Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Fall 1993), pp. 1-124


This is the third part of a project devoted to analyzing the Georgia negligence jury. The project employed as its original point of departure the extensive Chicago Jury Study of the 1960s, directed by Chicago Law Professor Harry Kalven, Jr. That Study's immortality derives principally from its famous first premise: Meaningful evaluation of the jury system must originate from within the system itself. That premise propelled Professor Kalven through a massive national survey of trial judges. The judges' responses, under Kalven's insightful analysis, yielded an unprecedented profile of the American jury. In foundational fashion, those responses indelibly etched into legal posterity the trial bench's perceptions of the jury's essence. In both reach and substance, the Chicago Study remained unsurpassed, indeed unmatched.