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What is the purpose of jury instructions?

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what is the purpose of jury instructions?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  rvlaw replied 9 years ago.


The jurors are the exclusive judges of the facts listening to and assessing all the evidence produced at trial...witnesses, documents, etc. The judge is the exclusive judge of the law. At the end of the case, the judge instructs the jury on the law applicable to the case. He/she says to the jurors: "confer with each other; decide what the facts are; then apply this law to the facts as you have found them and come up with a verdict" This is true in all cases...criminal and all kinds of civil cases.