6 WAPRAC PREMATWashington Practice Series TMWashington Pattern Jury Instructions--Civil
6 Wash. Prac., Wash. Pattern Jury Instr. Civ. Preliminary Materials
Washington Practice Series TM
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions--Civil
July 2019 Update
The Washington Pattern Jury Instructions (WPI) Committee operates under the auspices of the Washington Supreme Court, which appoints WPI Committee members from nominees submitted by the Superior Court Judges’ Association, District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association, Washington State Bar Association, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Washington Defenders’ Association, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Washington State Association for Justice, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, Gonzaga University School of Law, and the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Supreme Court also provides oversight of the WPI Committee’s financial affairs. While often commending the WPI Committee’s work to the bench and bar, the Court does not review the instructions in advance of its case-by-case consideration of them.
In an effort to keep our instructions as current as possible, the WPI Committee often publishes updates when we have finished a suitable group of chapters, rather than holding an update until we have completed our review of an entire volume. For this reason, the instructions are not all current as of the same date. Readers should carefully note the currency date of a particular instruction when researching for any subsequent changes in the law. The seventh edition includes new and revised instructions that were first published in either the 2013 Supplement or the 2017–2018 Supplement to the sixth edition of the civil pattern jury instructions.
New and revised instructions for WPI Chapters 107 (Legal Malpractice), 165 (Negligent Misrepresentation), 310 (Consumer Protection Actions), 320 (Insurance Bad Faith Actions), 340 (Civil Rights—General introductory Instructions), 341 (Civil Rights—Municipal and Local Government Liability), 342 (Civil Rights—Fourth Amendment—Unreasonable Search and Seizure), and 348 (Civil Rights—Damages and Verdict Forms) were included in the 2013 Supplement. New and revised instructions for WPI Chapters 110 (Product Liability), 150 (Eminent Domain—General Instructions), 151 (Eminent Domain—Special Instructions), 155 (Workers’ Compensation), 330 (Employment Discrimination), 360 (Involuntary Treatment—Mental Illness), 365 (Involuntary Treatment—Sexually Violent Predators), and 380 (Nuisance) were included in the 2017-2018 Supplement.
We would like to thank each of the WPI Committee members, and our staff attorney, Lynne Alfasso, for their countless hours of work, their dedication, and their inspired contributions toward improving the law. We also wish to thank the other members of the bench and bar who served on subcommittees focusing on particular specialized areas of the law. Their contributions greatly improve our work. The WPI Committee also thanks attorney Ashleigh B. Rhodes for her assistance with research on implicit bias in civil proceedings.
The WPI Committee dedicates the seventh edition of the civil pattern jury instructions to Richard F. Neidhardt. From 1999 to 2013, Mr. Neidhardt served as the Reporter and Counsel for the WPI Committee and made significant contributions to the pattern jury instructions and other projects of the WPI Committee designed to improve the administration of justice and the jury system. In 2013, the Washington Supreme Court appointed Mr. Neidhardt to the position of Reporter of Decisions for the Supreme Court, a role in which he served with distinction until his death in 2018.
HONORABLE HELEN L. HALPERT (Ret.), CO-CHAIRHONORABLE LINDA C. KRESE, CO-CHAIR
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