Washington State Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions
Appendix G. Selected Recommendations From the Washington State Jury Commission
In July 2000, the Washington State Jury Commission submitted a report recommending many changes to jury practices. The WPI Committee has incorporated the pertinent recommendations into this volume's instructions, Notes on Use, and Comments.
This appendix sets forth the text of the recommendations that most directly affect the instructions in this volume.
The Jury Commission's full report, which is too lengthy to include in this appendix, may be obtained from the Administrative Office of the Courts in Olympia, Washington, or at the Washington Court's website: http://www.courts.wa.gov/committee/pdf/jury_commission_report.pdf#search=Jury%20Commission.
Table of Recommendations
Jury Commission Recommendation
Protecting juror privacy during voir dire and after trial.
Instructing jurors at the beginning of the trial about the basic elements of claims and defenses.
Allowing jurors to take notes in all cases.
Allowing jurors to propose questions for witnesses in civil cases.
Giving jurors individual copies of final instructions.
Providing jurors with suggested deliberation procedures.
Instructing jurors how to submit questions to the court during deliberations.
Repeating trial testimony for deliberating jurors.