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National Judicial Institute – National Programs Descriptions

Criminal Jury Charge Workshop


This skills-based seminar focused on writing jury instructions, with hands-on and intensive sessions requiring participants to craft jury instructions in response to the issues generated using a hypothetical detailed criminal jury trial scenario.


The objectives of this seminar were to provide judges assigned criminal jury cases the fundamental skills necessary to craft effective jury instructions.


Led by senior judges with expertise in criminal law jury trials, this workshop-style seminar combined short lectures, panel discussions and small-group exercises covering the following topics: selecting the jury and preliminary instructions, trial management powers after Jordan, dealing with the under-represented accused in a jury trial, mid-trial instructions, essential components of final instructions, pre-charge conferences, form of final instructions and the use of aids, hearing objections to the charge, discharging a juror during deliberations, and responding to jury questions.


Apr 18th -
Apr 20th 2018

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