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Jury Instructions Research Guide: Wisconsin Internet/Social Media

Jury instructions are directions from the judge to the jury regarding the applicable law specific to the case being tried. They serve as a guide to assist the jurors in understanding the legal and factual issues and in reaching a verdict.

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Bloomberg Law - Choose Litigation → Dockets Tab → Litigation Resources → Other Court Materials → Federal and State Jury Instructions

 

LexisAdvance - Choose Browse → Sources by Category → Jury Instructions

 

Westlaw - Choose All Content → Secondary Sources → Jury Instructions

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Wisconsin Internet Social Media

In December 2009 the Wisconsin Criminal Jury Instructions were modified to include instructions admonishing jurors not to conduct research on the case on which they are serving or to use social media to communicate about the case. The Wisconsin Civil Jury Instructions have also been modified to contain language about social media or Internet use.

Wis. JI-Criminal. 50 (2010) reads, in part:

Do not research any information that you personally think might be helpful to you in understanding the issues presented. Do not investigate this case on your own or visit the scene. Do not read any newspaper reports or listen to any news reports on radio or television about this trial. Do not consult dictionaries, computers, web sites or other reference materials for additional information."

"Do not communicate with anyone about this trial or your experience as a juror while you are serving on this jury. Do not use a computer, cell phone, or other electronic device with communication capabilities to share any information about  this case. For example, do not communicate by blog, e-mail, text message, twitter, or in any other way, on or off the computer."

Wis. JI-Civil 50 (2011) reads, in part:

"Do not research any information that you personally think might be helpful to you in understanding the issues presented. Do not investigate this case on your own or visit the scene. Do not read any newspaper reports or listen to any news reports on radio or television about this trial. Do not consult dictionaries, computers, web sites or other reference materials for additional information."