Ebooks of the Week: Indiana and Kentucky Jury Instructions

Our most-requested research item is, without a doubt, jury instructions. And while the only way you can access Ohio Jury Instruction remotely is to email our reference inbox (reference@cms.hamilton-co.org) and have us send them to you during business hours, all users can access Kentucky and Indiana jury instructions anytime from anywhere! Access Model Indiana Civil Jury Instructions and both civil and criminal Kentucky Instructions through the Overdrive Media Console App or our website!

We have model civil jury instructions for Indiana from 2014-2018. The publisher has this to say about them:

Indiana Model Civil Jury Instructions is a plain English version of the Indiana civil jury instructions. Indiana Model Civil Jury Instructions is the only authoritative source available for Indiana practitioners.

Jury Instructions are used by:

  • Courts to instruct juries
  • Attorneys to propose to the courts; and
  • Attorneys as a roadmap to cause of action (plaintiff) or defense (defendant)

Key features of this publication include:

  • Disposition and Derivation Tables, which include previous and current instruction numbers;
  • Comprehensive Index;
  • Comments to the jury instructions;
  • Table of Cases and Table of Statutes


The Kentucky instructions encompass both civil and criminal and come in the 5th and 6th editions. The publisher has this to say:

Kentucky Instructions to Juries provides examples of instructions that are uniform, concise and specific. You'll save time and practice confidently with convenient and authoritative instructions.

The Criminal Instructions were prepared by William S. Cooper, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky and revised by Donald P. Cetrulo, Former Director of the Administrative Office of the Court.

While the criminal instructions track the language of the statutes, there are many fine points: for example, the 5th edition includes revised, complicity and self protection instructions that keep the work current with recent case law and acts of the General Assembly. The revised commentary guides the reader, describing frequently recurring mistakes that cause erroneous instructions.

References to relevant cases following the sample instructions provide source material to aid the attorney in drafting final instructions. Commentary by the authors, provides essential background information, which explains the rationale for the language used in the instruction, and offers illuminating comparisons with similar or related instructions: making the commentary as important as the instructions themselves.

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