Articles Posted in New York State Courts

The recent high-profile trial of former president Donald Trump has reignited discussions on the role of jury instructions in shaping verdicts.  This post is based in part on the following query we asked Gemini following the triaI: I need a broad discussion of jury instructions and charges to the jury in trial courts of the state of New York. The following explores the purpose and content of jury instructions in New York courts. We’ve also included a link to the final instructions and a transcript from the recently concluded trial of Donald Trump

Jury instructions and charges are a cornerstone of a fair trial in New York courtrooms. They act as a bridge between the complex legal world and the understanding of laypeople on the jury. Let’s delve into the significance of this exchange and the considerations involved. For more detailed information see: New York Criminal Jury Instructions and Model Colloquies.  For the latest additions and revisions see CJI2d & MC History. For New York Civil Jury Instructions see  CPJI- Civil Pattern Jury Instructions –all from the New York State Unified Court System.

The Importance of Clear and Precise Instructions

Presiding Justice Hector D. LaSalle and the Justices of the Appellate Division, Second Department on January 11, 2024, announced the creation of a Task Force to study

the interplay of artificial intelligence and the courts of the Appellate Division, Second Department. The Task Force will meet with experts in the field of artificial intelligence

and propose recommendations on how the Appellate Division, Second Department and the trial courts within its jurisdiction may best utilize reliable artificial intelligence

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