Watts Manual of Criminal Jury Instructions, Second Edition + CD

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Written by a leading criminal law jurist, author, and lecturer, Watt's Manual of Criminal Jury Instructions, Second Edition + CD provides expert and practical direction for developing proposed instructions and equips you with the knowledge you need to object to opposing counsel's proposed instructions. Since it was first published, this groundbreaking work has been assisting not only defense and crown counsel in recommending appropriate jury instructions for their cases, but also trial judges with composing the required instructions.

For each stage of the proceedings, the book provides the suggested wording and discussion of the instruction, setting it into the overall context of the trial. It delivers a unique combination of instructions, commentary, insight, directions, and references to help you fully understand key aspects of the different kinds of jury instructions required in criminal cases.

Written in clear and concise language and presented in an easy-to-follow format in order of each stage of the criminal trial proceedings, this publication includes:

  • The Ontario specimen jury instructions (criminal) including the latest revisions
  • Decision trees: Step-by-step directions and course of each decision, to help direct your plan of action
  • Notes on use: Expert author commentary that reviews the origins, contents, and purpose of each instruction and the circumstances in which the instructions should or should not be used
  • Jury instruction checklist: To make sure that all issues have been covered
  • Tips on how to suggest modifications to the instructions to accommodate the individual circumstances of the case being tried
  • Related references: Other instructions and sources of information, including cross references to Watt's Manual of Criminal Evidence

New in this edition

Continuing the standard of excellence set by the original edition, the new edition thoroughly reviews and updates all the significant developments in jurisprudence and legislation, including:

  • Preliminary, mid-trial, and final instructions have been fully reviewed, updated, and new instructions added
  • Up-to-date Case Digests to assist in customizing instructions to fit evidence at trial
  • CD-ROM providing access to full text of cases and jury instruction forms


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Criminal law & procedure


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