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NCJ Number: 120518 Find in a Library
Title: California Judges Benchguide S216: Mandatory Criminal Jury Instructions
Journal: CJER Journal  Issue:11  Dated:special issue (May 1989)  Pages:complete issue
Editor(s): J M Vesper
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 121
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This special journal issue provides California judges with an update of the law for determining what jury instructions they must give in criminal cases.
Abstract: The first chapter briefly summarizes the substantive law of when the trial court must instruct the injury in a criminal trial sua sponte, that is, on its own motion. The second chapter provides a practical, quick-reference checklist of instructions the trial court must give sua sponte in felony jury trials. The third chapter discusses what some judges think are the most common instructional errors made in criminal cases. These errors, not limited to sua sponte instructions, pertain to defendant testimony when adverse inference must be drawn, flight after crime, principals, aiding and abetting, implied malice, defendant's "pinpoint" instruction, the instruction that proof need not show the exact time of crime, and verdict based on unlawful acts. Tables listing statutes, jury instructions, and cases are provided.
Main Term(s): Jury instructions
Index Term(s): California; Criminal procedures; Criminal proceedings; Trial courts
Note: Fifth Edition
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