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Standard Jury Instructions - Contract and Business Cases


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STANDARD JURY INSTRUCTIONS
CONTRACT AND BUSINESS CASES
PUBLIC COMMENTS

The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business cases has published the following notices seeking public comments on possible amendments to the Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases.

CURRENT NOTICES

Revised Various Instructions and Verdict Forms. The linked document proposes several various instructions and verdict form

 PAST NOTICES

Revised Instruction 416.26. The linked document proposes a revised instruction number 416.26 on unilateral mistake of fact.

Instruction: Breach of Fiduciary Duty. Linked here the proposed, as-yet unnumbered instruction for a cause of action for breach of fiduciary duty.

Instruction: Existence of Fiduciary Duty Disputed. Linked here is the proposed, as-yet unnumbered instruction for the existence of a fiduciary duty, to be used where the existence of a duty is disputed.

The Committee published the following notices that had sought public comments on proposed amendments.

Notice published in the December 1, 2014, Florida Bar News.  Deadline for comments is January 15, 2015. This notice proposes amendments to the following Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Contracts and Business Cases: Instructions 416.24, 416.25, new Instructions 416.34, 416.41, and model verdict forms for Instructions 416.3, 416.4, 416.24, 416.25, 416.32.

Notice published in the March 15, 2014, Florida Bar News. Deadline for comments is April 14, 2014.  This notice proposes amendments to the Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, Instructions 201.2 and 202.4, which are similarly incorporated and used in the Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases.  This proposal is in response to amendments to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.431 requiring a jury instruction addressing jurors’ communications with the trial court and courtroom personnel. Please note that the linked notice directs comments to the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, and not to the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases. Comments directed to this committee might not be timely conveyed to the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases.

Notice published in the February 15, 2014, Florida Bar News. Deadline for comments was March 7, 2014. This proposal addresses jurors’ use of electronic devices in response to recent amendments to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.451. This proposal amends the following instructions:

Qualifications Instruction (amending instruction on electronic devices given to potential jurors during qualifications process)

  • Instruction 201.2 (amending preliminary instruction given before voir dire regarding jurors’ use of electronic devices to conform with rule 2.451)
  • Instruction 201.3 (amending preliminary instruction explaining voir dire process to delete extraneous note on use on electronic devices)
  • Instruction 202.2 (amending preliminary instruction after jury is sworn regarding electronic devices to conform with rule 2.451)
  • Instruction 301.10 (amending instruction to add instruction before recesses to remind jurors of the limitations on their use of electronic devices under rule 2.451)
  • Instruction 700 (amending the notes on use to the closing instruction to remind judges of the limitations on jurors’ use of electronic devices under rule 2.451).