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Jury Instructions: A Persistent Failure to Communicate


Walter W. Steele Jr.


Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Elizabeth G. Thornburg


Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law


North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 67, p. 120, 1998-1999

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This article reports on an empirical study of juror comprehension of pattern jury instructions. It demonstrated that comprehension of the original instructions was poor, but that rewriting significantly improved their ability to understand and explain the meaning of the instructions. A separate study showed that jurors report that they discuss and consider the language of the instructions provided to them.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 44

Keywords: juries, jury instructions, empirical research, language, plain english

JEL Classification: K41

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Date posted: August 13, 2007  

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Steele, Walter W. and Thornburg, Elizabeth G., Jury Instructions: A Persistent Failure to Communicate. North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 67, p. 120, 1998-1999. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1006299

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Walter W. Steele Jr.
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States
Elizabeth G. Thornburg (Contact Author)
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 0116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States
214-768-2613 (Phone)
214-768-3142 (Fax)
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