jury instructions

jury instructions
A direction given by the judge to the jury concerning the law of the case; a statement made by the judge to the jury informing them of the law applicable to the case in general or some aspect of it; an exposition or the rules or principles of law applicable to the case or some branch or phase of it, which the jury are bound to accept and apply. Attorneys for both sides normally furnish judge with suggested instructions. Fed.R.Civil P. 51; Fed.R.Crim.P. 30. Many states and federal courts have model or pattern jury instructions which are required to be used, or substantially followed, by the trial judge.
See also Allen charge
- converse instruction
For request for instructions, see request.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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