37 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2009
Date Written: November 16, 2009
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.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1507298