Criminal Jury Instructions
Jury box and bench

This collection of Criminal Jury Instructions is intended as a guide for judges and attorneys in constructing charges and requests to charge. The use of these instructions is entirely discretionary and their publication by the Judicial Branch is not a guarantee of their legal sufficiency.

The jury instructions are now posted in a PDF format to make it easier to search, print and download.

Instructions: Open the file below, then use the bookmark links on the left side of the screen to find the instruction you are looking for. Criminal Jury Instructions - PDF

To search the file: After opening the file, use the Ctrl and F keys on the keyboard and enter the search terms in the box in the upper right hand corner.