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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.

    Applications for Membership: The Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases is accepting applications until June 3, 2016.  Please send completed applications by mail to Laura Whitmore, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, 100 N. Tampa Street, Suite 2900, Tampa, FL 33602, or by e-mail to: sjicivil@flcourts.org. The Committee will consider all applications for membership at its meeting in July 2016. After that meeting, the Committee will make recommendations on membership to the Florida Supreme Court.

    Products Liability: The Committee is considering whether two recent decisions of the Florida Supreme Court require revisions to the standard jury instructions used in products liability cases:   Aubin v. Union Carbide Corp., 40 Fla. L. Weekly S596 (Fla. Oct. 29, 2015), and Coba v. Tricam Industries, Inc., 164 So. 3d 637 (Fla. 2015). 

    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.

    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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