The MSBA Standing Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions has published the 2013 Supplement to Maryland Civil Pattern Jury Instructions, 4th Edition, the state’s most comprehensive, authoritative resource for impartial, accurate statements of the law in language both familiar and understandable to jurors.
This Supplement – the book’s first update in four years (and by far its most extensive) – introduces 32 brand-new instructions, in addition to significantly revising 35 previously existing instructions.
“This supplement covers three years of court opinions, so it is more comprehensive than supplements that cover a single year,” explains Kelly Hughes Iverson, Chair of the Civil Subcommittee which oversees updates to the book.
“The Committee completely reworked the workers’ compensation instructions,” she adds; indeed, that chapter, previously consisting of 10 instructions, has been expanded to 33.
Meanwhile, “the general instructions have been updated to reflect the impact of things like technology and social media,” while the explanatory comments for 74 of the extant instructions now feature new or revised material, including more than 150 new case references, as well as 50 new statutory references.
Moreover, an accompanying CD includes all instructions in a rich text format that is fully compatible with either Microsoft Word or WordPerfect.
However, despite all of this new and updated information, it should be noted that the 2013 Supplement is not a cumulative supplement to the Fourth Edition. Previous supplements for the years 2007, 2008, and 2009 are available from the MSBA CLE Department.
While a fifth edition of Maryland Civil Pattern Jury Instructions remains a work in progress, Iverson notes, “the Committee decided to issue a supplement to keep up with changes in the law and to bring the commentary current.” In the meantime, “work on the new edition continues.”