Jury Instructions - Judge



 

Course Title

Jury Instruction

Professor

Judge
 

First Assignment

JURY INSTRUCTIONS

Syllabus 

There is no textbook for this course.  Instead, we will be using parts of the the following articles that the students can obtain through Westlaw or Lexis:   

(1)  Robert P. Charrow & Veda R. Charrow, Making Legal Language Understandable: A Psycholinguistic Study of Jury Instructions, 79 Colum. L. Rev. 1306 (1979). 

(2)  Jamison Wilcox, The Craft of Drafting Plain-Language Jury Instructions: A Study of a Sample Pattern Instruction on Obscenity, 59 Temp. L.Q. 1159 (1986). 

(3)  Neil P. Cohen, The Timing of Jury Instructions, 67 Tenn. L. Rev. 681 (2000). 

(4)  Peter M. Tiersma, Communicating with Juries: How to Draft More Understandable Instructions, 10 Scribes J. Legal Writing 1 (2006). 

  

The first day reading assignment is: 

Robert P. Charrow & Veda R. Charrow, Making Legal Language Understandable: A Psycholinguistic Study of Jury Instructions, 79 Colum. L. Rev. 1306, 1306-11, 1341-60 (1979) (read Introduction, Section I, Section IV, and Conclusion).