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Reference from Coast to Coast - Revisiting Jury Instructions (Part 2) - Missouri through Wyoming

By Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen, Published on July 14, 2002

Welcome to Reference From Coast to Coast: Sources and Strategies, a monthly column written by Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen.

Jan Bissett is a Reference Librarian in the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office of Dickinson Wright PLLC. She is a past president of the Michigan Association of Law Libraries and has published articles on administrative and research related topics in the Michigan Association of Law Libraries Newsletter and Michigan Defense Quarterly. She and Margi Heinen team teach Legal Information Sources and Services for Wayne State University's Library and Information Science Program in Detroit, Michigan.   

Margi Heinen is the Manager of Library Services at Sherman and Howard in Denver, Colorado. She has taught courses on Legal Resources at the University of Michigan's School of Information and at Wayne State University's School of Library and Information Science. She has been a faculty member for several I.P.E. presentations including "Internet Strategies for the Paralegal in Michigan" and ICLE's "Internet Legal Resources" seminar. She is a member of the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the American Association of Law Libraries.

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This month's column completes our tour through State jury instructions sources as we look at the materials available in the states Missouri through Wyoming. We found that locating state jury instructions illustrate clearly the need for flexibility and creative research techniques. There is no standard form of publication and although state bench/bar groups often are involved in the creation of jury instructions there is no pattern discernable in authorship. We've added a table to track availability by print publisher (LexisNexis™, West Group, State Bar, Other) and online access (LexisNexis™, Westlaw®, LoisLaw or other web source). We hope these two columns will make source identification and access easier for those researching state jury instructions.

We have reviewed the jury instructions available in the states Missouri through Wyoming for this column. Since we all fantasize about free online materials, we have broken out a list of state jury instructions found in that form. Under each state we also list print materials (where possible we include a web link to the publisher's description of the product) and database options that involve a subscription or fee. If a publisher produces the same title in several formats (print, disk, CD), we have linked only to the print version. You may want to explore that publisher's listings if you want other media. As with all of our columns--this information is as current and accurate as we can locate--availability of jury instructions on the web or in databases can change quickly, so in future months more online access may appear. OCLC's FirstSearch, Legal Looseleafs in Print, 2002 Edition, LexisNexis™ Source Directory, LoisLaw's Product Information, Westlaw® Database Directory as well as Google™ were used to identify and update materials.

For a table summarizing of sources, see State Jury Instructions...at a Glance.

Jury Instructions: Missouri - Wyoming

Full Text Jury Instructions Free Online - Civil or Criminal

Missouri (revisions only), New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia (Proposed version only), Wyoming (Civil; revisions only).

Missouri

Missouri Approved Jury Instructions (MAI).  (West Group)

Missouri Approved Instructions, Civil, Criminal (MAI-CR) "Revisions & Additions". (Supreme Court of Missouri).

Montana

Montana Civil Jury Instructions - MPI.  (State Bar of Montana)

Montana Criminal Jury Instructions – MCJI. (State Bar of Montana)

Nebraska

Nebraska Jury Instructions – Civil and Criminal, 2d. (West Group)

Westlaw®: NEPRAC (Nevada Practice); NEJICIV (Nebraska Civil Jury Instructions, 2d; NEJICRIM (Nebraska Criminal Jury Instructions, 2d)

Nevada

Nevada Pattern Jury Instructions:Civil. (Michie, (1986) (OCLC entry, not found at LexisNexis™. See 11/30/2000 discussion list inquiry)

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Civil Jury Instructions, 3d Ed. (LexisNexis™ (Michie))

New Jersey

Model Civil Jury Charges. (New Jersey Supreme Court)

Model Criminal Jury Charges. (New Jersey Supreme Court).

Model Jury Charges – Civil. (New Jersey ICLE)

New Mexico

Jury Instructions. (New Mexico Supreme Court)

Uniform Jury Instructions – Civil. NMSA 13-101 et seq.

Uniform Jury Instructions – Criminal.  NMSA 14-101 et seq.

LoisLaw New Mexico Law Library

New York

New York Pattern Jury Instructions – Civil, 2002 Ed. (West Group)

Criminal Jury Instructions, 2d Edition, New York: CJI. (New York:  Office of Court Administration)

Westlaw®: NY-PJI (New York Pattern Jury Instructions); NY-PJICW (New York Pattern Jury Instructions and Carmody-Wait 2d New York Practice with Forms)

North Carolina

North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions For Civil Cases. (North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges)

North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions For Criminal Cases. (North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges)

North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions for Motor Vehicle Negligence. (North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges)

North Carolina Trial Court Desktop

North Dakota

North Dakota Pattern Jury Instructions, Civil. (State Bar Association of North Dakota)

North Dakota Pattern Jury Instructions, Criminal. (State Bar Association of North Dakota)

Ohio

Ohio Jury Instructions  (Anderson Pub. Co.)

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions (Oklahoma State Courts Network)

Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions--Criminal (Oklahoma Criminal Court of
Appeals)

Uniform Jury Instructions, Civil. (West Group)

Uniform Jury Instructions, Criminal. (West Group)

LoisLaw Oklahoma Law Library

Westlaw (r): OK-JICIV(Vernon's Oklahoma Forms 2d, Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions - Civil; OK-JICRIM (Vernon's Oklahoma Forms 2d, Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions - Criminal)

Oregon

Uniform Civil Jury Instructions. (Oregon State Bar)

Uniform Criminal Jury Instructions. (Oregon State Bar)

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Civil Jury Instructions. (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)

Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Criminal Jury Instructions. (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)

Rhode Island

Model Civil Jury Instructions For Rhode Island. (Rhode Island Bar Association).

South Carolina

Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases in South Carolina: Defendants' Requested Instructions.  (South Carolina Bar)

South Dakota

South Dakota Pattern Jury Instructions: Civil. (State Bar of South Dakota)

South Dakota Pattern Jury Instructions: Criminal. (State Bar of South Dakota)

Tennessee

Pattern Jury Instructions, Civil 3d. (West Group)

Pattern Jury Instructions, Criminal 5th (7 Tennessee Practice Series). (West Group)

Tennessee Pattern Jury Instructions (Criminal). (Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference]

Westlaw®: TNPRACJIC (Tennessee Practice Series Tennessee Pattern Jury Instructions – Civi)]; TNPRACJICR (Tennessee Practice  Series Tennessee Pattern Jury Instructions – Criminal)

Texas

McClung's Texas Criminal Jury Charges.  (James Publishing)

Texas Courts' Charge Reporter  (LexisNexis™ (Michie))

Texas Pattern Jury Charges - [various topics]. (State Bar of Texas)

Utah

Model Utah Jury Instructions, Civil.  (LexisNexis™ (Michie))

Vermont

Vermont Jury Instructions (Lexis Publishing™ Law on Disc™ - Vermont).  (LexisNexis™ (Michie)

Virginia

Virginia Model Jury Instructions, Civil.  (LexisNexis™ (Michie))

Virginia Model Jury Instructions, Criminal.   (LexisNexis™ (Michie)) LexisNexis™: VA/VAJICV

LexisNexis™: VA/VAJICR

Washington

Pattern Jury Instructions – Civil 3d. (Washington Practice Series).  (West Group)

Pattern Jury Instructions – Criminal 2d.  (Washington Practice Series).  (West Group)

Westlaw®: WA-WPI (Pattern Jury Instructions - Civil); WA-WPIC (Pattern Jury Instructions - Criminal)

West Virginia

Instructions for Virginia and West Virginia, Third & Fourth Editions.  (LexisNexis™ (Michie))

Proposed Jury Instructions for Civil and Criminal Trials (Supreme Court of Appeals for West Virginia)

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Jury Instructions, Civil. (University of Wisconsin Law School – Continuing Legal Education)

Wisconsin jury instructions, Criminal.  (University of Wisconsin Law School – Continuing Legal Education)

LoisLaw Wisconsin Law Library

Wyoming

Revisions to the Civil Pattern Jury Instructions.  (Wyoming State Bar)

Wyoming Civil Pattern Jury Instructions. (Wyoming State Bar)

Wyoming Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions. (Wyoming State Bar)

Links Mentioned in this Article

Google™

  • Link: http://www.google.com/

Instructions for Virginia and West Virginia

  • Link: http://bookstore.lexis.com/bookstore/catalog?action=
    product&prod_id=7248&cat_id=SR&returnURL=http%3A%2F%2F
    bookstore.lexis.com%2Fbookstore%2Fsearch%3Faction%3D
    keywordSearch%26keyword%3Dwest%2Bvirginia

Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases in South Carolina: Defendants' Requested

  • Link: http://www.scbar.org/miva/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_
    Code=SCBCLE&Product_Code=561

Jury Instructions

  • Link: http://www.technet.nm.net/cgi-bin/noauth/prod/download/
    download.cgi/download/n/supctforms/jury

Law-Lib 11/30/2000 discussion list inquiry

  • Link: http://lawlibrary.ucdavis.edu/LAWLIB/nov00/0737.html

Legal Looseleafs in Print, 2002 Edition

  • Link: http://www.infosourcespub.com/book5.cfm

LoisLaw New Mexico Law Library

  • Link: http://www.loislaw.com/info/StatePages/nm.htm

LoisLaw Oklahoma Law Library

  • Link: http://www.loislaw.com/info/StatePages/OK.htm

LoisLaw Wisconsin Law Library

  • Link: http://www.loislaw.com/info/StatePages/wi.htm

LoisLaw's Product Information

  • Link: http://www.loislaw.com/info/content/products.htm

McClung's

  • Link: http://www.jamespublishing.com/books/tjc.htm

Missouri Approved Instructions, Civil, Criminal (MAI-CR) "Revisions & Additions"

  • Link: http://www.osca.state.mo.us/sup/index.nsf/d45a7635d4bfdb
    8f8625662000632638/5ade397e8f61dc1c8625672b0076325e?OpenDocument

Missouri Approved Jury Instructions (MAI)

  • Link: http://www.westgroup.com/store/product.asp?product_id=
    11878707&catalog_name=wgstore

Model Utah Jury Instructions, Civil

  • Link: http://bookstore.lexis.com/bookstore/catalog?action=product&prod_id=
    7018&cat_id=
    SR&returnURL=http%3A%2F%2Fbookstore.lexis.com%2F
    bookstore%2Fsearch%3
    Faction%3DkeywordSearch%26keyword%3Dutah%2Bjury%20

Montana Civil Jury Instructions - MPI

  • Link: http://www.montanabar.org/publications/juryinstructions.html

Nebraska Jury Instructions – Civil and Criminal, 2d.

  • Link: http://www.westgroup.com/store/product.asp?product_id=22031267&
    catalog_name=wgstore

Nevada Pattern Jury Instructions: Civil

  • Link: http://bookstore.lexis.com/bookstore/store_index

New Hampshire Civil Jury Instructions, 3d Ed

  • Link: http://bookstore.lexis.com/bookstore/catalog?action=product&prod_id=
    6595&cat_id=SR&returnURL=http%3A%2F%2Fbookstore.lexis.com%2F
    bookstore%2Fsearch%3Faction%3DkeywordSearch%26keyword%3Dnew%2
    Bhampshire

New Jersey Model Civil Jury Charges

  • Link: http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/charges/civindx.htm

New Jersey Model Criminal Jury Charges

  • Link: http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/criminal/juryindx.htm

New Jersey Model Jury Charges – Civil

  • Link: http://www.njicle.com/cgi-bin/njicle.exe?SessionID=11&doc=/
    Catalog/books/modeljurycivil100382.htm

New York Criminal Jury Instructions, 2d Edition

  • Link: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/juryinst.htm

New York Pattern Jury Instructions – Civil, 2002 Ed

  • Link: http://www.westgroup.com/store/product.asp?product_id=13509494
    &catalog_name=wgstore

North Dakota Pattern Jury Instructions, Civil

  • Link: http://www.oscn.net/pinpoint4/applications/indexes/statute.asp?title=ouji

OCLC's FirstSearch

  • Link: http://newfirstsearch.oclc.org/

Ohio Jury Instructions

  • Link: http://www.andersonpublishing.com/pubcats/ohiopubs/22.shtml

Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions--Criminal

  • http://okcca.net/occaon.htm

Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions

  • Link: http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/index.asp?ftdb=STOKJU&level=1

Pattern Jury Instructions – Civil 3d

  • Link: http://www.westgroup.com/store/product.asp?product_id=
    22018600&catalog_name=wgstore

Pattern Jury Instructions – Criminal 2d

  • Link: http://www.westgroup.com/store/product.asp?product_id=
    22123927&catalog_name=wgstore

Pattern Jury Instructions, Civil 3d

  • Link: http://www.westgroup.com/store/product.asp?product_id=
    14043723&catalog_name=wgstore

Pattern Jury Instructions, Criminal 5th

  • Link: http://www.westgroup.com/store/product.asp?product_id=
    14554264&catalog_name=wgstore

Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Civil Jury Instructions

  • Link: http://www.pbi.org/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&
    Store_Code=Store+1&Product_Code=0SSJI-1-3-Book

Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Criminal Jury Instructions

  • Link: http://www.pbi.org/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&
    Store_Code=Store+1&Product_Code=0SSJI-2-8+Book

Privacy Policy

  • Link: http://www.llrx.com/privacy.htm

Proposed Jury Instructions for Civil and Criminal Trials

  • Link: http://www.state.wv.us/wvsca/jury/cover.htm

Revisions to the Civil Pattern Jury Instructions

  • Link: http://www.wyomingbar.org/civil_pattern_jury_instructions.asp

Tennessee Pattern Jury Instructions (Criminal)

  • Link: http://www.tndagc.com/juryinst/pattern.htm

Texas Courts' Charge Reporter

  • Link: http://bookstore.lexis.com/bookstore/catalog?action=product&prod_id=6580&
    cat_id=J&pcat_id=103&pub_id

Uniform Civil Jury Instructions

  • Link: http://www.osbar.org/3cle/pubs/books/uniformjury.html

Uniform Jury Instructions – Civil

  • Link: http://198.187.128.12/newmexico/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=fs-main.htm&2.0

VA/VAJICR

  • Link: http://web.nexis.com/sources/scripts/info.pl?235134

VA/VAJICV

  • Link: http://web.nexis.com/sources/scripts/info.pl?235179

Vermont Jury Instructions

  • Link: http://bookstore.lexis.com/bookstore/catalog?action=product&prod_id=
    6833&cat_id=SR&returnURL=http%3A%2F%2Fbookstore.lexis.com%2F
    bookstore%2Fsearch%3Faction%3DkeywordSearch%26keyword%3Dvermont%20

Virginia Model Jury Instructions, Civil

  • Link: http://bookstore.lexis.com/bookstore/catalog?action=product&prod_id=7357&
    cat_id=SR&returnURL=http%3A%2F%2Fbookstore.lexis.com%2Fbookstore%2
    Fsearch%3Faction%3DkeywordSearch%26keyword%3Dvirginia%2Bmodel

Virginia Model Jury Instructions, Criminal

  • Link: http://bookstore.lexis.com/bookstore/catalog?action=product&prod_id=6572
    &cat_id=SR&returnURL=http%3A%2F%2Fbookstore.lexis.com%2Fbookstore%2
    Fsearch%3Faction%3DkeywordSearch%26keyword%3Dvirginia%2Bmodel%20

Westlaw® Database Directory

  • Link: http://directory.westlaw.com/

Wisconsin Jury Instructions, Civil

  • Link: http://www.law.wisc.edu/clew/civil.htm

Wisconsin Jury Instructions, Criminal

  • Link: http://www.law.wisc.edu/clew/criminal.htm

Wyoming Civil Pattern Jury Instructions

  • Link: http://www.wyomingbar.org/publications.asp