Speak plainly to be understood
At the end of any jury trial, whether it be for murder or shoplifting, the judge will give the jury instructions on how they are to deliberate.
These instructions are filled with legalese, and for the “common man,” it’s often difficult to understand.
Linguistics researchers Janet Randall and Lucas Graf at Northeastern University took a close look at one state’s move to make these instructions more clear and understandable.
Read about their work here.