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Jury Instructions

The parties' initial submissions of jury instructions with the final pretrial order, and any subsequent submissions prior to the formal jury instruction conference, are to comply with the requirements set forth in this Court's directions concerning final pretrial orders. 

The parties are required to meet and confer regarding jury instructions prior to the formal jury instruction conference with the Court, which will occur as soon as possible after the close of the plaintiff or prosecution’s case.

Once the jury instruction conference has been held, it is the parties' responsibility to provide the Court with jury instruction packets to be issued to the jury.  The final instructions are to be unnumbered and are not to have titles or reference to the legal authority or pattern instruction on which they are based.  They are to be printed single sided without page numbers and are not to be stapled or otherwise bound. 

The parties are responsible for ensuring that all of the approved instructions are consistent in style and formatting.  The parties are to provide enough copies of the jury instructions for each juror, and five additional copies for counsel and the Court.  An electronic copy of the instructions in Microsoft Word format must also be sent to this Court's proposed order inbox.  

7th Circuit Pattern Jury Instructions


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