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Communicating with Juries: How to Draft More Understandable Jury Instructions


Peter Tiersma


Loyola Law School Los Angeles

November 16, 2009

Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2009-44

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This manual is intended to provide practical advice to judges and lawyers who need to draft jury instructions. It begins with some general principles of clear communication. Next, it provides guidelines for the more specific task of drafting jury instructions. The last half of the manual contains some actual examples, both civil and criminal, of some traditional and plain language instructions, along with commentary on how they can be improved.

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Date posted: November 18, 2009  

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Tiersma, Peter, Communicating with Juries: How to Draft More Understandable Jury Instructions (November 16, 2009). Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2009-44. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1507298

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Peter M. Tiersma (Contact Author)
Loyola Law School Los Angeles ( email )
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1211
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213-736-1162 (Phone)
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