State Senate Passes Juror Sunshine Bill
Bill Ensures Jurors are Instructed on the Meaning, Impact of Verdicts by Judges
MADISON — The Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ) today applauded the State Senate for passing an important piece of legislation requiring judges to instruct jurors on the meaning and impact of their verdicts. The measure, Senate Bill 319 or the Juror Sunshine Bill passed on a voice vote.
“In order for our legal system to operate in a fair and just manner, it is critical for jurors to understand the ramifications of their decisions,” said WAJ President Christine Bremer Muggli. “Under current law, jurors are forced to guess at the results of their findings after listening to arguments using unfamiliar terms that are not explained.”
Wisconsin is one of only a few states that currently do not allow jurors to be informed on the outcome their decision will create.
“Leaving jurors in the dark about the outcome of their verdict creates the potential for disastrous results, said Bremer Muggli. “The law should be changed so jurors have a full understanding of the consequences of the verdict they are reaching.
“The Wisconsin Association for Justice would like to thank Senator Lena Taylor for her hard work as sponsor of this important bill,” said Bremer Muggli. “We are pleased that the State Senate passed the Juror Sunshine Bill and we look forward to the Assembly taking it up before the end of the legislative session.”
WAJ is Wisconsin’s largest statewide voluntary bar association. The organization is dedicated to promoting and protecting a fair and effective justice system – one that ensures justice for all, not just a privileged few.