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RCr 9.56 Reasonable doubt

Baldwin's Kentucky Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Criminal Procedure

Baldwin's Kentucky Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of Criminal Procedure (Refs & Annos)
IX Trial (Refs & Annos)
C. Proceedings
Kentucky Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr) Rule 9.56
RCr 9.56 Reasonable doubt
(1) In every case the jury shall be instructed substantially as follows: “The law presumes the defendant to be innocent of a crime, and the indictment shall not be considered as evidence or as having any weight against him or her. You shall find the defendant not guilty unless you are satisfied from the evidence alone, and beyond a reasonable doubt, that he or she is guilty. If upon the whole case you have a reasonable doubt that he or she is guilty, you shall find him or her not guilty.”
(2) The instructions should not attempt to define the term “reasonable doubt.”


HISTORY: Amended by Order 98-3, eff. 3-1-99; prior amendments eff. 7-1-78, 7-1-76; adopted eff. 1-1-63
Rules Crim. Proc., Rule 9.56, KY ST RCRP Rule 9.56
Current with amendments received through June 1, 2021.
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