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WPIC 4.61 Before Each Recess

11 WAPRAC WPIC 4.61Washington Practice Series TMWashington Pattern Jury Instructions--Criminal

11 Wash. Prac., Pattern Jury Instr. Crim. WPIC 4.61 (5th Ed)
Washington Practice Series TM
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions--Criminal
December 2021 Update
Washington State Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions
Part I. General Instructions
WPIC CHAPTER 4.60. Miscellaneous Instructions During Trial
WPIC 4.61 Before Each Recess
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 talk 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. 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 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.
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 in greater detail by WPIC 1.01 (Advance Oral Instruction—Beginning of Proceedings).
RCW 4.44.280 authorizes an admonition of this nature.
[Current as of May 2019.]
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