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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.
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 instruction book, many instructions have been revised to make them more understandable for jurors. In addition, the Court adopted substantive amendments to several instructions.
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). These instructions are currently found in the appendix to the decision approving the instructions.
Products Liability: The decision of the Florida Supreme Court, In re Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases Report No. 09-10 (Products Liability), 91 So.2d 3d 785 (Fla. 2012), preliminarily approved the committee’s proposal to amend several products liability instructions. The Court cautioned, however, that further work by the committee is required on several other proposals before the Court will authorize the publication and use of these proposed products liability instructions, model forms, and verdict forms. The Court will be considering the products liability instructions as a whole before it gives final approval to any of these proposed amendments. The substantive products liability instructions are contained in the “PL” section of the former jury instructions book.
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.
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