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Resources: Jury Instructions

The collection of jury instructions presented below are drawn from both criminal and civil trial bench books as well as a mock courtroom setting. They are excellent sources of practice to determine how to translate key legal concepts that a jury must follow.

These sample jury instructions can be used in concert with Semantic Awareness, a skill development activity, to determine meaning of legal concepts in context.

Sheneman provides an ASL overview of this resource section and how it can be used.

Sample Jury Instructions:

  • Americans With Disability Act & Family and Medical Leave Act - These text instructions pertain to workplace absenteeism.
  • Auto Accident- These text instructions pertain to the claim of permanent injuries as a result of an accident.
  • Bank Robbery- These text instructions pertain to the conspiracy to commit bank robbery.
  • Chain Reaction Car Accident - These trial instructions pertain to motor vehicle accidents involving multiple parties.
  • Driving While Intoxicated - These video instructions, read by a judge, pertain to a criminal case in which a deaf defendant is charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

Judge Giving Instructions

Interpretation to Deaf Juror

Interpretation to Deaf Defendant

Federal Jury Instructions:

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