When both sides have presented their case to the judge and jury, the jury must render a verdict. Judges issue instructions to assist them in the deliberations, spelling out elements of offenses and other issues that must be satisfied. These instructions can be provided by the two sides in the case and there are a number of sources for jury instructions. Like many legal forms, they are customized to reflect the laws of particular jurisdictions.
The Law Library has print jury instructions from various states and Federal court circuits that can be borrowed by our subscribers. Our WestlawNext subscription also provides access to jury instructions in electronic formats.
The Ohio Jury Instructions (OJI) are written by a committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference and are available free via Casemaker for members of the Ohio State Bar Association. The Ohio State Bar Association has its own collection of jury instructions, also available through Casemaker.
The Law Library has the OJI in it's WestlawNext database as well as in print. You can buy Ohio Jury Instructions in print or electronically from LexisNexis.
Subscribers to Lawreader.com can access Kentucky jury instructions electronically.
The Law Library has the Kentucky civil and criminal jury instructions in its LexisNexis subscription as well as in print. You can buy Kentucky jury instructions from LexisNexis.
Some of the Federal courts provide sample jury instructions, including our own Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Other Federal appellate courts with instructions available publicly are the 5th (Civil, Criminal) 7th , 8th, 9th (Civil, Criminal), 11th (Civil, Criminal)
- US Department of Justice Samples
- The United States Attorneys' Manual has numerous samples, if you can find them. Use this search on Google [ "jury instruction" site:http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_room/ ] to bring up all of the instructions, which cover topics as varied as food fraud, fair housing, and odometer fraud.
- About 30 free, criminal law sample instructions. Additional instructions are available through a subscription.