STANDARD JURY INSTRUCTIONS - CIVIL CASES
This web site contains standard jury instructions prepared by the Florida Supreme Court Standard Jury Instructions Committee (Civil) and approved for publication by the Florida Supreme Court.
Applications for Membership: The period for submitting applications for membership Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases closed on June 1, 2015. The Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases considered the applications received during its meeting on July 16-17, 2015. After that meeting, the Committee made recommendations on membership to the Florida Supreme Court. The applications have been forwarded to the Florida Supreme Court to make decisions on appointments.
Products Liability: The Florida Supreme Court recently issued an opinion adopting standard jury instructions, a model instruction and a special verdict form for use in products liability cases. In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases—Report No. 13-01 (Products Liability), No. SC13-683 (Fla. Mar. 26, 2015). The new products liability instructions are found here.
Using the Instructions. For information on how to use standard jury instructions, including when they are useful and when they are required, please refer to the How to Use this Book section in the Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases book and Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.470(b).
The Committee encourages trial judges and trial counsel to suggest revisions to the standard instructions by CONTACTING THE COMMITTEE.
Reorganized Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases: The Florida Supreme Court issued this corrected decision SC09-284 reorganizing and renumbering the civil jury instructions book in 2010. In the reorganized civil jury instructions book, many instructions have been revised to make them more understandable for jurors. In addition, the Court adopted substantive amendments to several instructions.
Contract and Business cases: In June 2013, the Florida Supreme Court approved a set of standard jury instructions for use in contract and business cases proposed by the Florida Supreme Court Standard Jury Instructions Committee (Contract and Business Cases). The Committee on Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases can now be found on the Florida Supreme Court’s website.
Reorganized Standard Jury Instructions in Civil cases: The Florida Supreme Court issued this corrected decision SC09-284 reorganizing and renumbering the civil jury instructions book in 2010.
Recent amendments to Instructions: The Committee recently revised several instructions to comply with these recent rule amendments:
Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.451(b)(5): In December 2014, the Florida Supreme Court amended several of the standard civil jury instructions regarding jurors' use of electronic devices. See In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Civil, Criminal, and Contract & Business Cases—Jurors’ Use of Electronic Devices, (Fla. Dec. 4, 2014) (Case No. SC14-623). The amended standard civil jury instructions are to comply with recent changes to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.451(b)(5). The revised civil jury instructions regarding jurors’ use of electronic devices are found here.
Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.431(i)(3): An amendment effective January 1, 2014, requires a jury instruction on the limitations on communications between jurors and the court or court personnel. See In re: Amendments to the Fla. R. of Civ. P., 38 Fla. L. Weekly S836 (Fla. Nov. 14, 2013) (Case No. SC13-74). In response to this decision, the Committee revised instruction 201.2 – Introduction of Participants and Their Roles and instruction 202.4 - Juror Questions.
Viewing the Instructions:
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