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Standard Jury Instructions - Civil


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    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: Currently, the Committee is not seeking applicants. 

    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 us at

    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.

    Viewing the Instructions:

    Links to each individual Standard Jury Instruction for Civil Cases are provided in Rich Text Format. These documents are best viewed in a word processing application (Word or Word Perfect, etc.), not using a viewer.

    To open the individual instruction in your word processor

    1. Right-click the link in Rich Text Format and save it to your local computer.
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