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1.1A Duty of Jury (Court Reads and Provides Written Set of Instructions)

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1.1A DUTY OF JURY (COURT READS AND

PROVIDES WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS AT THE BEGINNING OF TRIAL)

 

Members of the jury: You are now the jury in this case. It is my duty to instruct you on the law. 

These instructions are preliminary instructions to help you understand the principles that apply to civil trials and to help you understand the evidence as you listen to it. You will be allowed to keep this set of instructions to refer to throughout the trial. These instructions are not to be taken home and must remain in the jury room when you leave in the evenings. At the end of the trial, these instructions will be collected and I will give you a final set of instructions. It is the final set of instructions that will govern your deliberations. 

It is your duty to find the facts from all the evidence in the case. To those facts you will apply the law as I give it to you. You must follow the law as I give it to you whether you agree with it or not. And you must not be influenced by any personal likes or dislikes, opinions, prejudices or sympathy. That means that you must decide the case solely on the evidence before you. You will recall that you took an oath to do so. 

Please do not read into these instructions or anything I may say or do that I have an opinion regarding the evidence or what your verdict should be. 

 

Comment

 Instruction 1.1A may be used as a preliminary instruction if the court decides to provide a written set of preliminary instructions at the beginning of the trial that the jurors are permitted to keep with them. In the final set of instructions, the court should substitute Instruction 1.1C.