October 10, 2022
Many attorneys believe the most important aspect of a trial is the jury instructions. While at first glance jury instructions may appear to be highly technical and uninteresting, the attorneys will fight tooth and nail over the exact words given to the jury at the conclusion of a case. Whether it is a criminal case, an auto accident or personal injury case, or a business litigation case, the outcome of the case will be determined on how the jury answers the questions in the instructions. Most every word and phrase in the instructions will also be separately defined to assure the jurors are on the same page. Therefore, the first thing a good attorney will do is prepare the jury instructions for the case.