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 Jury Instructions

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California Civil Instructions

At its July 2003 meeting, the California Judicial Council unanimously approved approximately 800 new civil jury instructions and special more...    The new instructions are known as "CACI" ("California Civil Instructions"), and should be cited as "CACI ____." more...   

California Rule of Court 2.1050 strongly encourages the use of CACI. . more...

Code of Civil Procedure-Before First Witness Is Sworn

Jury instructions must be delivered to the judge and served on opposing counsel before the first witness is more...

Many jurisdictions have local rules that dictate more specific timing requirements. Practitioners are advised to consult their assigned judge regarding any additional timing or other requirements. more...

 Rules & Requirements

Counsel's Duty

It is an attorney's duty to propose jury instructions supported by the pleadings before trial. . more...

Types of Proposed Jury Instructions

Proposed jury instructions are either form instructions (obtained from California Jury Instructions - Civil (CACI)) or special instructions. more...

Preference for CACI Forms

The use of CACI forms is strongly encouraged by state law. . Some superior courts' local rules specifically indicate a preference for the use of CACI forms. more...


The California jury instructions approved by the Judicial Council are the official instructions for use in the state more...


The Judicial Council endorses these instructions for use and makes every effort to ensure that they accurately state more...

Special Instructions

With respect to special instructions, the California Rules of Court provide that "[w]henever the latest edition of the more...

Proposing Jury Instructions During Trial

If, during trial, evidence is developed that raises issues of law not disclosed by the pleadings, an attorney more...

The Los Angeles County Superior Court Local Rules specify that any jury instructions requested after the conclusion of more...

 Form & Format of Papers

Formatting Requirements

State law dictates the following formatting requirements for proposed jury instructions: more...

Preemption of Local Rules

No local court form or rule for the filing or submission of proposed jury instructions may require that more...

Local Formatting Requirements

Before delivery of proposed CACI or other instructions to the trial judge and opposing counsel, counsel must fill more...

All proposed jury instructions, except CACI instructions, must conform to the requirements of California Rule of Court 2.1055, including more...

The court, in its discretion, may permit instructions to be sent into the jury room in "booklet format" more...

. (eff 7/1/11) more...

Additional Requirements

Los Angeles County SmartRules procedural guide: GENERALLY APPLICABLE RULES AND FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS. more...


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California - Alameda Superior
California - Alameda Superior
California - Alameda Superior
California - Alameda Superior
California - Alameda Superior