WPI 6.02 Before Recesses
6 WAPRAC WPI 6.02Washington Practice Series TMWashington Pattern Jury Instructions--Civil
6 Wash. Prac., Wash. Pattern Jury Instr. Civ. WPI 6.02 (7th ed.)
Washington Practice Series TM
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions--Civil
April 2022 Update
Part I. General Instructions
Chapter 6. Oral Instructions During Trial
WPI 6.02 Before Recesses
During this recess, and every other recess, do not discuss this case among yourselves or with anyone else, including your family and friends. This applies to your internet and electronic discussions as well—you may not say or write anything about the case via text messages, email, telephone, internet chat, blogs, or social networking web sites. Do not even mention your jury duty in your communications on social media, such as Facebook or Twitter [or(insert other social media sites as appropriate)]. If anybody asks you about the case, or about the people or issues involved in the case, you are to explain that you are not allowed to discuss it.
Do not allow anyone to give you information about the case, including in your electronic communications. If you start to overhear a discussion or start to receive information about anything related to this case, you must act immediately so that you no longer hear or see it. If you become aware that you or another juror has been exposed to outside information, you must privately notify [the bailiff] [(insert other applicable staff person)]; do not discuss these matters with other jurors.
Do not read, view, or listen to any report from the newspaper, magazines, social networking sites, blogs, radio, or television on the subject of this trial. Do not conduct any internet research or consult any other outside sources about this case, the people involved in the case, or its general subject matter. You must keep your mind open and free of outside information. Only in this way will you be able to decide the case fairly based solely on the evidence and my instructions on the law.
NOTE ON USE
Give this oral admonition to the jury at the time of the first recess and at subsequent recesses as appropriate. The jury will already have been advised of these matters by WPI 1.01 (Advance Oral Instruction—Beginning of Proceedings).
This instruction may also be supplemented with a reminder about what jurors should do with their notes during the recess. See WPI 1.01 (Advance Oral Instruction—Beginning of Proceedings).
It may frequently be advisable to specify for the jurors the particular areas that constitute the “general subject matter.”
The instruction was updated for this edition. No substantive change is intended.
RCW 4.44.280 provides that:
The court may admonish the jurors that they must not discuss among themselves any subject connected with the trial until they begin their deliberations. The court may also admonish the jurors that they must not discuss with nonjurors any subject connected with the trial until the jurors have been dismissed from the case.
[Current as of November 2020.]
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