Don't Ruin the Texas Jury Charge

April 8, 2013
Rob Gilbreath
Texas Lawyer, Vol. 29, No. 2

This opinion piece urges judges and lawyers to adhere to the traditional Texas practice of placing jury instructions and legal definitions with the question they pertain to, rather than lumping all the instructions and definitions at the beginning of the jury charge and separate from the questions.  Unlike other states, Texas courts do not submit to the jurors a set of jury instructions and a separate verdict form, but rather combine the two.  This article contends the Texas approach is superior.  


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