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Build a Set of Instructions

In addition to moving quickly among the instructions, the jury instruction web page is designed to support a particular work process for preparing instructions for trial. Judges and lawyers are free to use other processes, but the web page might not offer as much support.

  1. Click the link to "All Instructions."
  2. Click the boxes of the instructions to download.
  3. Go to the end of the instructions. [Ctrl End]. Click "Generate Document."
  4. Arrange the instructions in the order in which they should appear. To do this, select the instruction you want to move by placing your mouse on any text of that instruction. You do not need to highlight it. To move it, press and hold the left-click button while moving your mouse. Scrolling within the window depends upon your web browser; some are better at this than others. Release the left-click button. The instruction will drop between instructions. Repeat as needed.
  5. Select all. [Ctrl A].
  6. Copy. [Ctrl C].
  7. Open a blank Word or Word Perfect document.
  8. Paste unformatted text. [edit/paste special/unformatted text].
  9. Search for an open bracket [ to find the minimum places in which the instructions need editing to fit the circumstances of the trial.
  10. Replace "he," "him," and "his" with "she," "her," and "hers" (or "it" and "its") as the circumstances warrant.
  11. Edit the instructions to fit the circumstances of the trial.
  12. Format the document to the court's requirements.

Users can also selectively copy and paste instructions, references, and committee notes as needed.

Page Last Modified: 9/15/2008
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