Reducing variability in civil jury awards

Michael J. Saks, Lisa A. Holinger, L. Wissler, Lee Evans, Allen J. Hart

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The purpose of the present study was to test several procedures that could be adopted for reducing unwanted variability in civil damage awards. Four methods for providing guidance to jurors (and judges) about the distribution of awards in comparable cases were compared to each other, to a no-guidance control, and to the capping of awards at a specified maximum, which has been the most commonly legislated 'solution.' The findings of this study suggest several alternative solutions that are better able than caps to solve the problem of unwanted variability in awards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-256
Number of pages14
JournalLaw and human behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law


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