Just spaces: does courtroom design affect how the defendant is perceived?

McKimmie, Blake M., Hays, Jillian M. and Tait, David (2016) Just spaces: does courtroom design affect how the defendant is perceived?. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 1-8. doi:10.1080/13218719.2016.1174054


Author McKimmie, Blake M.
Hays, Jillian M.
Tait, David
Title Just spaces: does courtroom design affect how the defendant is perceived?
Journal name Psychiatry, Psychology and Law   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1934-1687
1321-8719
Publication date 2016-05-05
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2016.1174054
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A variety of factors beyond the evidence itself have been shown to influence jurors’ perceptions. One potentially biasing factor that has not received much attention is the design of the courtroom. This exploratory study examined the effect of courtroom design, and more specifically where the defendant was positioned (in an open dock, in an open dock guarded by a correctional officer, in a dock surrounded by glass, or at the bar table) on mock jurors’ perceptions of the defendant. The participants (n = 258) described the defendant in more negative terms when the defendant was portrayed in either an open dock, glass dock, or in the presence of a correctional officer compared to when the defendant was portrayed as sitting at the bar table with the defence counsel.
Keyword Courtroom design
Dock design
Jury decision-making
Juror bias
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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