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Standard Jury Instructions - Contract and Business Cases


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STANDARD JURY INSTRUCTIONS
CONTRACT AND BUSINESS CASES

This web site contains standard jury instructions prepared by the Florida Supreme Court Standard Jury Instructions Committee (Contracts and Business) and approved for publication by the Florida Supreme Court.

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).

Applications for Membership: The Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases is seeking applicants for vacancies to be considered at the committee’s February meeting. Completed applications should be submitted by mail to Manny Farach, Richman Greer, P.A., 250 South Australian Avenue, Suite 1504, West Palm Beach, FL 33401-5016, or by email to sjicontract@flcourts.org, no later than December 15.

Recent amendments to rules: The Committee is working on revisions to comply with these recent rule amendments:

Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.451(b)(5): An amendment effective October 1, 2013, provides that the trial judge should advise the jury panel about the rules governing jurors’ use of electronic devices. See In re: Amendments to the Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.451 (Use of Electronic Devices), 118 So. 3d 193 (Fla. 2013) (Case No. SC12-764).

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).

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 for the Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases 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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