Model Jury Instructions Research Guide

Table of Contents


  1. Wisconsin
  2. Illinois
  3. Internet Access to State Jury Instructions
  4. Federal
  5. Internet Access to Federal Jury Instructions
  6. Topical

Before jurors begin their deliberations, the judge instructs them as to the applicable law. Attorneys have the opportunity to propose specific instructions in advance, and some judges require the attorneys to submit proposed instructions. There are different sets of model instructions (sometimes also called "pattern," "standard," "approved," or "uniform" instructions) for use in state and federal courts, as well as different sets for civil and criminal actions. Sets have also been developed for some specific causes of actions. Some examples include:


Wisconsin


  • Wisconsin Jury Instructions, Children

    Location: KFW 2942.W57 (Wisconsin Room/Reserve)
  • Wisconsin Jury Instructions, Civil

    Location: KFW 2983.A6 W57 (Wisconsin Room/Reserve)
  • Wisconsin Jury Instructions, Criminal

    Location: KFW 2942.A6 W57 (Wisconsin Room/Reserve)

Illinois


  • Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions, Civil

    Location: KFI 1742.A872
  • Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions, Criminal

    Location: KFI 1783.A65 155

Internet Access to State Jury Instructions


Some jurisdictions have some or all of their jury instructions posted on the Internet, although Wisconsin does not. A list of jury instructions and links to those instructions that are available free on the Internet are available at:
https://www.llrx.com/columns/reference53.htm


Federal


Federal Jury Practice and Instructions Location: KF 8984.D41


Accompanied by inter alia:


Pattern Jury Instructions (criminal cases) (first circuit)

Location: KF 8984.D4211


Model Jury Instructions (civil cases)(third circuit)

Location: KF8984.D4212


Model Jury Instructions (criminal cases) (third circuit)

Location: KF8984 .D4214


Pattern Jury Instructions (civil cases) (fifth circuit)

Location: KF 8984.D4214


Pattern Jury Instructions (criminal cases) (fifth circuit)

Location: KF 8984.D4213


Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions (sixth circuit)

Location: KF 8984.D4215


Federal Jury Instructions (criminal cases) (seventh circuit)

Location: KF 8984.D4


Model Jury Instructions (civil cases) (eighth circuit)

Location: KF 8984.D4232


Model Jury Instructions (criminal cases) (eighth circuit)

Location: KF 8984.D4231


Model Jury Instructions (civil cases) (ninth circuit)

Location: KF 8984.D4234


Model Jury Instructions (criminal cases) (ninth circuit)

Location: KF 8984.D4233


Pattern Jury Instructions (criminal cases) (tenth circuit)

Location: KF8984 .D42345


Pattern Jury Instructions (civil cases) (eleventh circuit)

Location: KF 8984.D4236


Pattern Jury Instructions (criminal cases) (eleventh circuit)

Location: KF 8984.D4235

Modern Federal Jury Instructions: Criminal

Location: KF 8984.A65 M64



Modern Federal Jury Instructions: Civil

Location: KF 8984.A65 M64


Internet Access to Federal Jury Instructions


Some district courts and federal circuit court instructions can be accessed online at:


First Circuit:
Civil
Criminal


Third Circuit:
Civil and Criminal


Fifth Circuit:
Civil and Criminal


Sixth Circuit:
Criminal (civil not available)


Seventh Circuit:
Civil and Criminal


Eighth Circuit:
Civil and Criminal


Ninth Circuit:
Civil
Criminal


Tenth Circuit:
Criminal (civil not available)


Eleventh Circuit:
Civil
Criminal


Topical


  • Federal Employment Jury Instructions

    Location: KF 8984.A65 M363
  • Jury Instructions on Products Liability

    Location: KF 8984.D685 
  • Sample Jury Instructions in Civil Antitrust Cases

    Location: KF 8984.A16 S25
  • Jury Instructions on Medical Issues

    Location: KF 8984.A65 A4

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