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Published in B. H. Bornstein et al. (eds.), Civil Juries and Civil Justice (New York: Springer, 2008), pp. 273–280. Copyright © Springer 2008. Used by permission.


The chapters in the present volume [Civil Juries and Civil Justice (New York: Springer, 2008)] provide a number of signs for the future of civil justice research. Many of the signs are favorable and point to continued fruitful collaborations between legal and psychological researchers on pressing topics in the justice arena with important policy implications; yet the contributions also highlight several gaps in the literature, data limitations, and false steps. In other words, some of the signs are not-so-favorable, and there is still much work to be done. In this concluding commentary, I identify the major portents for the future, both good and bad.