The Texas Pattern Jury Charges - A Plain-Language Project: The Writing Consultant’s View

Michigan Bar Journal, November 2010

3 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2011 Last revised: 21 Sep 2012

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Wayne Schiess

University of Texas School of Law

Date Written: November 1, 2010

Abstract

This article recounts the author's experience as the writing consultant for a project to revise pattern jury instructions into plain English. The author explains the process for the revision and highlights the main challenges in getting the revision produced and tested. The author reports on the changes made and the results of the testing.

Keywords: jury charge, jury instruction, plain English, plain language, readability, revision, writing

Suggested Citation

Schiess, Wayne, The Texas Pattern Jury Charges - A Plain-Language Project: The Writing Consultant’s View (November 1, 2010). Michigan Bar Journal, November 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1975861

Wayne Schiess (Contact Author)

University of Texas School of Law ( email )

727 East Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.utexas.edu/law

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