Jury Selection in DCPR

Analysis and evaluation of the fairness resulting from the Jury Selection Processes in the Federal District Court of Puerto Rico

Elías R. Gutiérrez, Ph.D.

September 2001

1.   Introduction

This essay describes the results of our analysis of certain data relevant to a challenge of the process established by the Federal District Courts system in the District of Puerto Rico for jury selection.  The challenge is based on a question of fairness.  That is, on whether the process followed by the Federal Court in the District of Puerto Rico guarantees that there is an equal and unbiased chance of selection of juries, independent of certain socioeconomic characteristics.  Or whether the process systematically discriminates against certain population groups on the basis of specifically prohibited characteristics.  This article reports on the research performed and the results obtained.

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