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17 May 2018 Don’t Overthink It! Advocate for Easy to Understand Jury Instructions to Effectively Communicate Your Case

Have you ever read a full set of jury instructions for a criminal trial, let alone a civil trial? What about just one instruction for one element of a crime? Can you recall Jack McCoy ever reciting the law to the jury in a closing argument on “Law and Order?” Jury instructions are a powerful tool and can play a vital role in communicating your client’s case to the jury. The key is making the instructions simple, concise and in plain English.  Far too often lawyers miss the opportunity to advocate for their clients and communicate with the jury – through the most powerful medium, the Court – simply because they fail to advocate for simpler, easier to understand jury instructions.   The education level…