Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases


By The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education

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In March 2010, the Florida Supreme Court issued a decision reorganizing and renumbering the Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, the first comprehensive revision of the instructions since their inception in 1967. Many instructions were revised to make them more understandable for jurors. In addition, the Court adopted substantive amendments to several instructions.

Highlights of the this reorganization of the instructions include:

  • Reorganization and renumbering of the substantive areas into separate sections that incorporate pertinent standard instructions tailored to that specific area of the law
  • Implementation of "plain English" terminology to improve juror understanding
  • Reordering of the timing and sequencing of instructions during the trial process to improve communication to the jurors
  • Revision of the Notes on Use to improve currency, eliminate outdated references, clarify the points being made, and point out areas where the committee has not taken a position.

    The Third Edition updates the instructions, incorporating the miscellaneous revisions and corrections that have been made through 2015.

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  • Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases