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Standard Jury Instructions - Contract and Business Cases

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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).

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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