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    STANDARD JURY INSTRUCTIONS - CIVIL CASES
    PUBLIC COMMENTS

    The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases has published the following notices seeking public comments on possible amendments to the Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases.

    CURRENT NOTICES

    July 15, 2018 The Committee proposes these amendments to the Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. The committee proposes amending 415.4—Retaliation; Adverse Employment Action; 415.5—Protected Activity; and 415.8—Preliminary Issue—Adverse Employment Action to clarify the Unlawful Retaliation instructions, based on the private-sector whistle-blower provisions in sections 448.101–105, Florida Statutes.

    PAST NOTICES

    May 15, 2018, Florida Bar News. The Committee proposes amending 403.17 (Burden of Proof on Main Claims), 403.18 (Defense Issues), and 403.19 (Burden of Proof on Defense Issues). The proposed amendments to 403.18 were initially published for comment September 1, 2016, but the notice inadvertently omitted proposed amendments to subdivision e. Amendments to instructions 403.17 and 403.19 conform to the Court’s opinion in In re: Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases—Report No. 17-03, 236 So. 3d 919 (Fla. 2018).

    April 15, 2018, Florida Bar News. The Committee proposes a new set of instructions, numbered 420, to the Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases to address tort actions of negligent infliction of emotional distress.

    April 1, 2018, Florida Bar News. The Committee proposes amending 203.13 (Explanation of the Voir Dire Process) to explain the difference between how prospective jurors may feel about applying a particular provision of the law versus their willingness to follow the law.

    January 1, 2018, Florida Bar News. The Committee proposes amending the notes on use for 503.1 (Punitive Damages—Bifurcated Procedure) and 503.2 (Punitive Damages—Non-Bifurcated Procedure) to make the instructions consistent with current law on punitive damages.

    January 1, 2018, Florida Bar News. The Committee and the Committee on Contracts and Business propose a new set of instructions , numbered 451, addressing Fiduciary Duty.

    September 1, 2017, Florida Bar News. The Committee proposes amendments to Standard Jury Instruction in Civil Cases 402.9—Preliminary Issues—Vicarious Liability. The amendments will add clarity and remove any possible ambiguity or confusion.

    June 15, 2017, Florida Bar News. The Committee proposes amendments to Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases 402.4—Medical Negligence. The amendments will accurately represent the state of the law.

    May 1, 2017, Florida Bar News. The Committee proposes these amendments to the Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. The committee proposes amending 415.4—Retaliation; Adverse Employment Action; 415.5—Protected Activity; and 415.8—Preliminary Issue—Adverse Employment Action to clarify the Unlawful Retaliation instructions, based on the private-sector whistle-blower provisions in sections 448.101–105, Florida Statutes.

    September 15, 2016, Florida Bar News. The Committee proposes amending the following Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases: 202.2 — Introduction of Participants and Their Roles; and 202.4 — Juror Questions to specify at what point during the proceedings a juror may ask questions of a witness.

    September 1, 2016, Florida Bar News. The Committee proposes amending the following Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases: 403.7 — Strict Liability; 403.18 — Defense Issues; Model Instruction No.7 — Product liability case; negligence and strict liability claims; comparative negligence defense; aggravation of pre-existing injury. These amendments are being submitted to address the decisions in Aubin v. Union Carbide Corporation, 177 So. 3d 489 (Fla. 2015), and Coba v. Tricam Indus., Inc. 164 So. 3d 637, 648 n.2 (Fla. 2015).

    August 15, 2016, Florida Bar News. The Committee proposes amending following Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases 403.17 — Burden of Proof on Main Claim; 408.2 — Summary of Claims or Contentions; 409.10 — Burden of Proof on Main Claim; 415.4 — Retaliation; Adverse Employment Action; 415.5 — Protected Activity; 415.10 — Issues on Plaintiff’s Claim; 415.12 —Unlawful Retaliation Damages, Model Instruction No. 1; and Form 4 — Model Forms of Verdict for Statute of Limitations Defense in a Medical Negligence Case to address errors and omissions. Additionally, these amendments to Model Instruction No. 1 correct inconsistencies between the model instructions and the standard instructions and address the new instruction on subsequent medical care.

    Notice published in the August 15, 2015, Florida Bar News.  Deadline for comments was September 15, 2015.  This proposed amendment to instruction 403.7 Strict Liability updates the notes on use to reflect a recent decision by the Florida Supreme Court.