Jury instructions are too often so poorly written that even the most intelligent juror cannot understand them. That’s a serious problem. So how can we make jury instructions more understandable? Prof. Peter Tiersma offers many concrete suggestions in this article, available for free download on SSRN. If you’re a trial judge or trial lawyer, you need to read it.
Drafting More Understandable Jury Instruction
Via the (new) legal writer, Raymond Ward posted How to draft more understandable jury instructions.