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11 WAPRAC PREMATWashington Practice Series TMWashington Pattern Jury Instructions--Criminal

11 Wash. Prac., Pattern Jury Instr. Crim. Preliminary Materials
Washington Practice Series TM
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions--Criminal
October 2016 Update
Washington State Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions
Preliminary Materials
The Washington Pattern Jury Instruction Committee operates under the auspices of the Washington Supreme Court, which appoints committee members from nominees submitted by the Superior Court Judges' Association, the District and Municipal Court Judges' Association, the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Washington Defenders' Association, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington State Association for Justice, the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, the University of Washington, Seattle University, and Gonzaga University law schools, and the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Supreme Court also provides oversight for the committee's financial affairs. While often commending the 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.
This fourth edition of Volumes 11 and 11A incorporates the supplement from the third edition. The supplement included new Chapter 49C (Failure to Register as a Sex or Kidnapping Offender) and new Chapter 99 (Ignition Interlock). Other new instructions in the supplement covered the offenses of trafficking in stolen property, felony driving under the influence, ignition interlock, cyberstalking, human trafficking, and promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor. There were revisions to the instructions for driving or being in physical control while under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. A new instruction for eyewitness identification testimony was also included. The Committee has now added other new and revised instructions to the fourth edition of Volumes 11 and 11A. Highlights include new and revised instructions in WPIC Chapter 10 (General Requirements of Culpability), Chapter 37 (Robbery), Chapter 39 (Kidnapping, Unlawful Imprisonment and Custodial Interference), Chapter 49A (Sexual Depictions of Minors), Chapter 49C (Failure to Register as a Sex or Kidnapping Offender), Chapter 50 (Uniform Controlled Substances Act), Chapter 52 (Special Defenses—Uniform Controlled Substances Act), Chapter 99 (Ignition Interlock), Chapter 120 (Obstructing Governmental Operation), Chapter 131 (Identity Theft), Chapter 133 (Weapons Offenses), and Chapter 300 (Exceptional Sentences).
In an effort to keep our instructions as current as possible, the committee will update its work more frequently than in the past. We now publish updates once 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.
In the event of a very significant change in the law, the committee may update the electronic version of the instructions without immediately issuing an updated paper version of the same instructions. Readers of the paper books and paper updates may check the Washington Courts website (www.courts.wa.gov) or Westlaw to determine if there is an electronic update to the instructions that is not reflected in the paper instructions.
We would like to thank each of the committee members, and our staff attorney—Lynne Alfasso and former staff attorney, Judge Gregg Hirakawa—for their countless hours of work, their dedication, and their inspired contributions toward improving the law. We also thank the other attorneys who served on subcommittees focusing on particular specialized areas of the law. Their contributions greatly improve our work.
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