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Jury Instructions

Definition - What does Jury Instructions mean?

Jury instructions are instructions that a judge gives to a jury before they deliberate to come up with a verdict. These instructions include the basic procedures for deliberation, and they also include key information about the relevant laws of the case.

Justipedia explains Jury Instructions

Jury instructions are helpful because they provide the jurors with all of the essential legal information that they need in order to do their jobs. Often, there can be confusion on the part of the jurors about the laws that are involved in the case. So, judges clear up these issues through jury instructions. The judge can also inform the jurors whether there needs to be a unanimous decision, or whether a certain majority needs to be reached.

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