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Juries and the Law

A research guide for the role of juries in the law, laying out resources for current awareness, secondary sources, and jury instructions and verdicts.

Introduction

This page lays out resources for pattern or model jury instructions or charges, those actually filed in court, and jury verdicts. (Treatises on jury instructions are listed on the Secondary Sources page.)

As defined by Black's Law Dictionary, a jury instruction is "a direction or guideline that a judge gives a jury concerning the law of the case." Black's goes on to define a pattern or model jury instruction as "a form jury charge usually approved by a state bar association or similar group regarding matters arising in a typical case."

New editions of print titles arrive all the time, so be sure to double check TALLONS, the online catalog, for the most recent version.

Selected Jury Verdict Databases

Check a database's scope note for complete information on coverage. To browse additional databases by jurisdiction or subject area, follow this hierarchy:

  • Lexis (login required): Legal > Area of Law - By Topic >  Litigation Practice & Procedure > Find Briefs, Motions, Pleadings & Jury Verdicts > Jury Verdicts & Experts
  • Westlaw (login required): All Databases  > Litigation  > Jury Verdicts, Settlements & Judgments

Selected Pattern Jury Instructions & Charges

From State Bar of Texas: also available on Lexis (login required).

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