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AMI 111 Interpreters

Arkansas Supreme Court Committee On Jury Instructions-Civil

Ark. Model Jury Instr., Civil AMI 111
Arkansas Model Jury Instructions-Civil
November 2021 Update
Arkansas Supreme Court Committee On Jury Instructions-Civil
Chapter 1. Introductory Instructions
AMI 111 Interpreters
Languages other than English [will be used][have been used] during this trial.
The evidence you are to consider is only that provided through the official court interpreters. Although some of you may understand the non-English language used, it is important for all jurors to consider the same evidence. Therefore, you must base your decision on the evidence presented in the English interpretation. You must not rely in any way upon your own interpretation of the witness's words.
NOTE ON USE
This instruction should be given before the foreign language witness testifies or at the beginning of the trial and before the jury begins its deliberations.
COMMENT
This instruction is drawn from materials prepared by the National Center for State Courts. William E. Hewitt, Court Interpretation: Model Guides for Policy and Practice in the State Courts 152 (1995), available at http://cdm16501.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/accessfair/id/162.
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