In November 2008, the Lord Chief Justice of Great Britain, Sir Igor Judge, sounded a warning about the generational shift occurring as web-savvy citizens accustomed to getting their information online entered the jury box. Noting the consequences of this shift for the system of trial by jury, the Lord Chief Justice observed, “If a generation is going to arrive in the jury box that is totally unused to sitting and listening but is using technology to gain the information it needs to form a judgment, that changes the whole orality tradition with which we are familiar.”
Indeed, the impact that the so-called “Generation Y” or “Millennial” population is having on society at large makes it more important than ever for lawyers to understand the effect that they are having on how they communicate to jurors. Along with “Generation X” (those born between 1965 and 1981), the members of Gen Y (those born between 1982 and 1995) comprise more than half the adult population of the United States and nearly 60 percent of the nationwide jury pool.
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